I have to confess I’m a bit of an Olympo-sceptic. Not about the Olympic Games themselves. Every four years I watch the Games rather obsessively. I’m particularly partial to athletics. It is here that you can witness some monumental individual achievements wrought from aptitude honed by unwavering dedication. The only thing that detracts from enjoyment is the ever-present suspicion about doping, which can unjustifiably taint genuine excellence.
I’m sure my enjoyment of athletics is in part because it is the only televised sport that I’ve ever really participated in, having for many years been a club runner – albeit one who was, at his peak, distinctly mediocre.
It’s not so much the sport I’m sceptical about but the claims that the Games will transform the country for the better and have a lasting impact on economy and society. [Read more…]