Not really having paid much attention in my earlier life to the wonderful world that is known only to a select few as The Olympics, I don’t really have that much in the way of memories as such. However, there is one thing that really sticks in my mind about more recent times and one that although is not in any of our own lifetimes is one that I am sure many people will remember from previous Olympic gatherings.Of course you are always (or should I say nearly always!) going to get some sort of trouble at the Olympics, whether it be fighting amongst the spectators or one athlete having made the news following failing a drugs test of some description. But this is not the reason for my writing!
For those of you who can remember one set of games from a few years ago, when there was a lot of trouble following an African young lady being hauled up in front of the whole world’s eyes on the news. The reason? Well, according to the powers that be she wasn’t a woman at all - despite the fact that she had gone through all of the initial qualifying rounds and so on, in order to compete in one or more of the women’s running events.She was then subject to all of the necessary background test; medical checks; people making assumptions and wild guesses, and so on. And all because she appeared to be somewhat less curvier than other women who were also taking part! But one thing that I was always questioning to myself about, was that if she was a man - then would it not be somewhat obvious that there were other parts bouncing about, even if it was strapped down a little?
Which also begs the question, were there not other people who could have been in the same or in a similar situation to this? And if there were, then I am not sure that anything was ever done about it.However, one thing that I am mad at myself about is that I can’t remember what the actual outcome of that was! And so therefore if you know what it was, then please do enlighten me.
The other thin that sticks in my mind from before my own living memory is something that we have all heard about in recent weeks, that being the somewhat famous runner known to us as Eric Liddell who of course broke numerous world records in 1924 - many of which remained unbroken for over 12 years.But what stuck in my mind is that he remained true to his Christian principles, in refusing to run on a Sunday when a race was due to happen that he was meant to have been running in. I think this is something that I will always try and live by wherever possible, whereby if my own beliefs are being compromised then I will act accordingly.
Overall, the Olympics in my own humble opinion is a great way of promoting unity across the world as we are all bought together. It doesn’t really matter who wins the race, as after all most people are just so thankful for being able to take an active part in it.Thanks for reading!
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