Apology time for bladdy Olympic agents

2012-08-13 08:24

Chris Moerdyk

Once again, the Olympic Games had me captivated, enchanted and occasionally in tears.

The TV coverage was outstanding and I have to say that the organisation around each event was absolutely impeccable, professional and pretty much spot on time.

Which brings me to my favourite gripe about massive global events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup Football.

When in Hades will the local media and all those pessimistic party-poopers in host countries start to realise that their depressing, negative, doomsday talk in the run-up has become boring?

Before the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, the Australian media were wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth with daily claims that the event would be as disaster.

It was spectacular success.


The global press got on the pessimism bandwagon with the Beijing Olympics and it was an even more spectacular success.

The Greeks nearly gave the media apoplexy by timing their readiness run right up until the last minute but once again, it was not only a spectacular success but even more spectacular than Sydney.

Then came our own 2010 World Cup which scores of bladdy agents were being supported by the media in their conviction that South Africa would stuff it up completely. We didn’t. In fact, it was a superbly-spectacular success.

The same has happened with the London Olympics. The British media got their knickers in all sports of knots about how the UK was going to cock it up. Even the US Presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, got on the bandwagon with disparaging remarks.

One just has to Google "Olympics criticism" to see the hundreds of news items featuring people not only claiming the Olympics would be a disaster but also all those whingers and whiners complaining about everything from the fact that a fast food company was a sponsor to some remote backwoods community saying they were not standing to gain anything from the London Games.

Nothing left to chance

It is actually pathetic to see how negative some many people can be.

The same is going to happen with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and two years later the Olympic Games there.

You watch, the media and know-alls will soon start banging on about how the World Cup and games will be disasters.

The will not have learnt by now, that because there is so much money involved, organisations such as the IOC and Fifa don’t leave anything to chance. They are both hard taskmasters and kick butt with abandon to make sure everything goes well.

These aren’t bunches of amateurs organising these things. These are people so powerful that when they tell presidents and prime ministers of host countries to jump even the most draconian of them will ask how high.

Anyway, I hope that all those bladdy negative agents will apologise once again, just like all those after the 2010 World Cup.

From my point of view, I enjoyed every minute of London 2012. It was brilliant.

Proudly South African

I am so incredibly proud of those South Africans who brought home the medals.

They made me jump for joy and thrilled to be a South African.

I am not in the least bit disappointed,  as I am quite sure President Zuma and SASCOC's Sam Ramsamy are because our athletes failed to bring home the "12 medals for 2012" that they demanded.

Well done Team SA. Well done London 2012. Well done DSTV. You were all bloody brilliant.               

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  • tandi.freeman - 2012-08-13 08:52

    Congratlations to all the medalists!Well-deserved and beautiful games! London did a superb job and so will Rio,I am sure.

      JaredVN - 2012-08-13 12:28

      I wonder what Mr Moerdyk's reply is to the FACT that most of the World Cup 2010 stadiums are now white elephants, and a burden on the taxpayer? We, like Athens and Sydney, are going to pay for these unjustifiable, grandiose white elephants until kingdom come, all for a month or so of rah-rah-ponytail ecstasy...

      don.maclean.925 - 2012-08-13 14:05

      I am STILL absolutely gob-smacked as to how South Africans could consider their World Cup a success. By what measure? Financial? Fan participation? You can't call it a 'dance' if you're standing on the ballroom floor all alone.

  • Revelgen - 2012-08-13 09:44

    Yes, congratulations to all our medal winners. I know we have a lot of talent amongst Black South Africans (80% of our population), which was not evidenced in the percentage of our medal winners. It is now time for proper programmes to be put in place and world-class training instituted for more Black talent to be recognised and brought out. If far smaller countries can do it, so can we. How about spending some money on this, ANC, instead of.....

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-08-13 10:33

    i seem to remember the same author criticising the teams target if 12 medals before they left and how he did not think they had a snowballs chance to get many medals. now he criticises the brit media for being negative... a bit hypocritical me thinks. ALL our athletes kicked ass, those that came 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (the saddest place to come?, last...they all did us proud! Rio 2016 here we go! ed

      chris.moerdyk - 2012-08-13 19:38

      What i actually said was that by SASCOC and Pres Zuma calling for 12 medals THEY would consider anything less a failure. I said that as many as six medals would be a huge success. I cannot for the life me see any hypocritical.

  • pete.bower.982 - 2012-08-13 11:12

    Yep, the Brits can do pomp and spectacular with aplomb.

  • Gavin - 2012-08-13 12:34

    Well done to our athletes - but if you ask me, the world has more important issues to concern itself with. Especially Europe and its Islands..

      brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-13 14:05

      Are you refering to the places all the illegal immigrants and refugees are flocking to?

  • bontle.kgosi.5 - 2012-08-13 17:19

    Well done to TEAM SA. You made us all proud and united once again. Why do we have to wait for a big event such as SWC or the Olympics to unite us and make all of us PROUDLY SA. I'm quite sure if these politician can see how united we confront issues of corruption, bribery and theft, they might start doing actual work and stop focusing on lining their big pockects. VIVA SOUTH AFRICANS VIVA!!!!

  • Ettiene Jacobs - 2012-08-14 06:11

    "What on earth possessed South Africa's Olympic Games bosses to dream up that incredibly stupid "12 medals in 2012" rallying cry for the country's athletes? After all, the best we have ever done since being allowed back into the Olympic Games is six. At the Beijing Olympics we won just one. And from what I hear from experts who have based their assumptions on South Africa’s recent performance history against those of their competitors right now, at best we can win maybe five or six medals. Which means that even if our Olympic team comes back from the games with say seven or eight, they will be seen as losers, as having failed dismally, as a complete disaster, because they didn't get 12 medals. Even President Zuma got caught up in it all by banging on about 12 medals when he wished the SA contingent good luck on their departure. When you think about it, this whole 12 in 2012 challenge is singularly stupid because there is no way it can be considered as motivational in any shape or form. I find it quite astounding that so many of our sporting bodies and particularly our politicians blindly create enormous and completely illogical expectations and then wonder why things backfire." - Chris Moerdyk I believe you owe our atheletes an appology, as a previous reader commented i find this weeks article a bit hypocritical

      Jacques - 2012-08-14 07:47

      Why? Last week he had an issue with our own Olympic body's insane demands. This week is about the running of the actual Games. If you read closely, he again blasts the '12 in 2012' call here too, so what makes this hypocritical?

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