By the way. See all this hand-wringing moralising about Russian dope cheats in sport? It’s all utter nonsense.
All UK athletes, all US athletes and all athletes from countries like Germany, Switzerland and Canada have been doping for years, every single one of them.
The doping that enhances their performances isn’t necessarily chemical but it’s just as effective: MONEY.
If the medals won at the Olympics were shared out between the number of people in a country, the UK would have a medal for every 77,000 people but in India one medal would have to be shared between 45 million folk.
Does this mean British people are 591 times better than Indian people?
Does it mean we are five hundred times as sporty, five hundred times as fit and healthy?
Of course not, but the Olympic medal table is held up like some nation performance indicator.
FACT: Top sport is for privileged people.
Broadcasters like the BBC love the cosy narrative about sports people being ordinary folks making big life sacrifices for a noble end. That’s partly true but the real story includes a shit load of privilege which is never part of the story.
The same media have been busy crying about Russia and drugs and how our poor Brits have been done out of medals.
Drug cheats and wealth cheats. It’s all the same if you never get a shot in the first place.
Democratic Republic of Congo has more people than the UK and is still waiting for it’s first Olympic medal. We have more than 800.
The Olympics is a quadrennial festival of posh idiots, forever shoving overwhelming privilege right down the throats of poor countries and reminding them who’s the boss.