Advantages Legacy, sport for all
Disadvantages When politicians get involved, no legacy to stand on
Wrote this little radio play a while back, around about the time when the London Olympics had just been won and there was all kinds of nonsense being talked by the politicians on all sides about sporting legacy and schools from the same people that took away most of ourschool playing fields and are relying on the lottery cash to see them through!!I'm a huge fan of all sports, and for those of you of a certain age, maybe you remember the "we are the champions" series with the late great inimitably enthusiastic Ron Pickering, and for me that was a far more innocent time, where sport was really about enjoyment not just money and power plays. ]
There's a real danger of bandwagon jumping at the next Olympics and even on the back of another outstanding performance by Team GB at the last Olympics - but I just hope that somewhere along the line whoever is in charge gets the message that sports and politics should never be mixed.....
"Hi , Des Lynam here. A warm welcome to 5-Live listeners on this very special sporting occasion, as we continue our build up towards the London Olympics 2012. Yes, as part of the government's Sporting Legacy of Olympics in Britain initiative or SLOB, we've gathered together leading politicians from all three main parties to compete in a series of classic school sports day events. So without further a Des, it's over now to our commentary team, John Motson, Stuart Hall and Peter Snow....
"OK so we have three 'house' teams competing - the red team, blue team and yellow. It's very much a first past the post system...oh..ok...I've just been told we can go live to the start of the first race - Stuart?
F/X:EXCITED SHOUTS FROM CROWD - HECKLINGSPEAKER OF HOUSE VOICE: Order! Order! - On your marks! Set!
F/X:SOUND OF STARTING PISTOLSTUART HALL:(JOVIAL)
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