The Indian who was there // Olympic Wandering: 2012 Day 3 (July 30)

30/07/2012 § Leave a comment

via the Daily Telegraph

– Did you notice something amiss when the Indian team was walking the track during the Opening Ceremony on Friday?

An Indian student claims she was told to lead out her country’s athletes and was just doing what she’d been told – but that’s where the confusion starts:

Acting chef de mission of the Indian contingent Brig P.K. Muralidharan Raja is understandably agitated that a person who was not part of the delegation was allowed to accompany the team and hog the limelight in the process.

“She had no business to walk in with the Indian contingent and we are taking up the issue with the organisers.

“We were initially told that she would accompany the contingent till the track but she went on to take the entire lap.

– Sean Fitzgerald writes in the National Post that although every country at the Olympics now has competitors of both genders, there’s still plenty of inequality around. Not every sport is open to both men and women, and women are flying economy while their male counterparts fly in business class.

Apparently officials thought about special uniforms in some sports:

Badminton officials considered forcing female players to wear skirts in London, before backing away from the idea. The same idea wafted through boxing, before international attention helped to push it off the table.

“I really didn’t understand that,” boxer Claressa Shields told The Washington Post. “It was to help separate the men from the women. But we got different names! Women got breasts! We got butts! Can’t you tell which one is who?”

– Canadians may be disappointed about Canada’s opening weekend, with just a bronze medal so far, but Aussies aren’t happy either. Though they’ve tallied three medals through two and a half days, the Sydney Morning Herald is calling the down-under performance so far as ‘miserable.’

Australia’s Olympic day ended as it began, with a team hopeful of big things wondering where it all went wrong. There were bright spots late on, but mostly, for the Australians, it was a day that matched the gloomy skies that encroached on England’s capital.

In sports where the result was a straight win-loss, Australian teams or individuals competed in 12 events – and lost 10 of them.


– BBC Sport’s Tim Vickery writes that Olympic football is useful as a scouting venue for future EPL stars as well as getting a sense of where countries like Brazil might be in two years’ time, in the next World Cup.



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