#178 nation-switchers to olympics

Is it unpatriotic to switch nationality to participate in the Olympic Games a dream many young cherished when they were found to have talents in the field of athletics?

Take for instance, the table-tennis paddlers, Li Jiawei, Wang Yuegu and Tang Tianwei who clinched the silver medal for Singapore — if they had remained in their country of birth, they might never have the chance to participate at the Olympics and much less winning a medal.

China had trained many young in sports and athletics and she has contributed much in this area. Will China reconsider training many of these sportspersons and athletes to one day lose them? Personally I hope not.

China and Russia are the two nations that nationally trained their athletes…which have become their nation’s pride yet placing a huge pressure on the individual athlete. I wish their athletes are able to enjoy the talents endowed…rather than competing for competing sake and for national pride.

Bernard Langat, born in Kenya, became US citizen last year and he won silver and bronze. For him, it was a way of fulfilling his dream and a show of gratitude to the adopted-country…

“It’s a dream that a little boy from Kenya has dreamt about and finally came true, and it didn’t happen by myself.

“From the coach who sent me to the United States, from the coach that I got from Washington State, and from the scholarship itself that came from the American taxpayers, American money… I am trying to give back to America what they gave me long before.”

Becky Hammon chose and represented Russia when she failed to make the US women basketball squad for the Olympics.

What does Olympic Games stand for? Talent in the area of athletics and sports…and a fulfilment of dream of the young.

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