Summer drags on, albeit with nice conditions, my traditionally direst month is here and I’m running out of steam, it’s the Silly Season, many folk are away and of course the Olympics are upon us.
There’s actually a bit of a rant coming up on Thursday [being composed at this time as a result of material coming in from five sources] but aside from that, you know I really couldn’t be a***ed writing about Westminster or Obama or other depressing topics – there’ll be some interesting items of a magazine nature.
One thing I was asking myself though was – under what circumstances would we support events at these Olympics? I hear you say none whatever and in terms of the organization – agreed. I have to confess though to liking sport in general when it’s not the doping circus and one where there still appears to be the old amateur spirit is the GB women’s volleyball.
Not my favourite sport but if you read the history of our team – they had funding withdrawn in 2010 and were told they’d have to fund themselves to get to these Olympics. Some apparently even mortgaged their houses for this and you know, I don’t have the heart not to support these girls.
After all, are we not supposed to support our country v the EU monster? Seems to me that the Olympics, for all the deep cynicism, rightly placed, are actually one of the few remaining expressions of nationality – the EU hasn’t figured at all, except for getting in the way with restrictions.
The Mail did cover the volleyball girls’ stunning victory but then it sort of died, did it not and almost no one is speaking of this team, probably because no medals are riding on it. Today they play Italy, a champion team and are not really expected to win, plus I have commitments which might preclude watching it. Pity because anyone who did watch into the wee hours two nights ago saw a bunch of amateur hopefuls taking on the established nations and the spirit in our camp was infectious.
I do think we have to keep our perspective. For example, why not support the road races, as they’re free to watch and have a long tradition, plus doping does seem to have been brought under control? Sailing has always cost money and yet there are good things happening there at Weymouth and Portland. Politically, I’d like to get back to a situation where we could once again enjoy these things without them being soured for us but that’s probably asking too much.
So there it is. Hope it’s not too politically correct to support these girls in their giant-killing act but I’ll be following them today if I get the chance.