#188 paralympics 080906-17

There was great publicity on the Olympic Games…but somehow, the next big Paralympic Games from September 6th-17th slips international attention!

Is this because the Paralympics is not a politizing medium??!!!

Glad the Torch will grace different locations in China.

(from chinadaily.com.cn)

These paralympians are able to use the same facilities in the Olympic Village built for the Olympic Games. However there will be noticeable support equipments in the bathroom, toilets and rooms for these paralympians.

When the event is over, will these units of apartment be given priority sale to the elderly or only those who could afford?

These paralympians have greater courage and determination…looking forward to viewing this Paralympics.

Will there be extensive coverage for viewers around the world? Will I be able to follow this Paralympics like that of the Olympics? 

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#187 singapore olympic medalists

Today’s athletes or olympic silver medalists awarded $750K!

Tan Howe Liang, olympic silver medalist in 1960, was given a $10K by NTUC Income today but he was not rewarded at the time. Then, Singapore was not a rich nation… Considering the first olympic medalist, there must be some form of commendation.

(channelnewsasia.com}

How I wish Tan Howe Liang is officially rewarded for his achievement yesteryear! Wishing there is some form of recognition comparable to those who won today!

#181 olympic champions

The secret to these champions at the Olympic Games is sheer dedication, persistence and diligence (hard work), tears and disappointments together with the faithful support of one’s loved ones like mother or father.

It’s not the intake of special foods or drugs which the world record breakers in Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt! Their diet is as ordinary as you and I. Usain Bolt and the Jamaican medalists ate lots of yam (their staple diet?), an energy food.

Michael Phelps has a wonderful testimony where he did fumble in life along the way but he has the courage to make a comeback and stood tall on his achievements. Despite his attention deficit syndrome, his mother loved him the way he is and she must be one really proud mother today!

I recall reading Eric Liddell’s testimony where he ran 3 events in one day on the track and won gold medals in 1924 (France) — he enjoys training without shoes on the rugged mountains of Scottish highlands close to his church and where he lived.

The Indian medalists like Sushil Kumar, the wrestler and Vijender Kumar, the boxer (the Kumars are not blood relatives) lived in terrible conditions while training — without sponsors or government support.

The persistence and not giving up of Indian Abhinay Bindra, 25, won him gold in the 10m air rifle competition in the first few days of the Games.

I’m sure there must be unpublished stories of all the champions at the Games like the Kenyan marathon man, Sammy Wanjiru, who clocked 2 hours, 6 mins and 32 secs; and many African athletes and sportspersons who won medals.

Whatever has been said of the communist countries like China and Russia and others, one merit is the government nationally support the area of sports and athletics — and the athletes and sportspersons trained and performed with national pride!

Glad that these champions proved enhanced performance drugs is NOT the way to win!

#180 bronze for india’s unsung champion boxer

In post #152 Vijender Kumar was cited on BBC page as one who will compete at the Olympic Games ‘against the odds’.

The 22-year-old has returned with a bronze medal.

What an achievement for one true to his calling and vocation in sports in spite a lack of support from sponsors or government — his dedication, persistence and hard work…together with the support of his father.

photo taken from bbc international

…Kumar’s father, Diwan Singh, rode the bus an hour each way every day to bring his son a bucket of milk. To buy milk here in the city, where Kumar lived in a dingy room under the bleachers at Chatrasal Stadium, would have been too expensive. His father kept a buffalo at home, in a village on the outskirts of the city, and the family sacrificed so the son would not go without.

Kumar’s room at the stadium is lined with five wooden cots pressed close together for five burly wrestlers. Trousers hang from hooks on the wall. A pair of mice share the room. On an altar are the medals that each of the five have won along the way, next to images of Hanuman, the Hindu god that wrestlers in India revere.

…The father of Vijender Kumar, the boxer, could give him only his prayers.  (excerpt by Somini Sengupta)

#179 an exceptional 29th olympiad in beijing

The achievements accomplished by many athletes were beyond expectation…what contrasting backgrounds the two ‘icon’ athletes who broke the world record.

Usain Bolt, 21, 6ft 5in tall, track event, hails from Jamaica…an island in Caribbean Sea with a population of 2.7!

Michael Phelps, 23, 6ft 3in tall, swimmer who won 8 golds comes from the US where the continent has topped the medals’ list at almost every Olympic Games since…?

The US got the overall medal tally (110 medals) while China (100 medals) won the most gold medals (51). It appears the US athletes were consistent in the Games by achieving silver and bronze while China athletes were less consistent in performance. Were the Chinese athletes too tense to achieve their best?

I enjoy the gymnastics exhibition performance last evening. The Chinese performers who won gold at the Games were so natural on their equipments — they were more relaxed, confident, strong, agile and flexible. The two Japanese gymnasts on synchronised gymnastics on the trampoline were stupendous. Naturally the Russian rhythmic gymnasts were exceptional.

The lavish closing ceremony of the Olympics ‘one world, one dream’ theme ended with a bang…from drum beats, folk to popular music!

The Olympic flag was handed over to the next host London — their 3rd experience in hosting the Games. The mayor of London quipped outside the ceremony, “pingpong is coming home!” Ha ha…what does that mean? Is this good humor?

#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.

#177 jamaica won 6 golds at 2008 olympic games

Jamaica is an island (area 4244 sq mi or 10,991 sq km) in Carribean Sea. She received independence in 1962 and has a population of 2.8 million. Literacy rate is 79%.

Yet the Jamaicans both men and women won gold medals in track events at this Beijing Olympics. Usain Bolt is the fastest runner in the world at 22 years old.

So in this sense, Jamaica top the medal table considering the size of population and land area!

Jamaica has set the example for smaller nations…the gold medals are within reach for aspiring citizens.