SA's idiotic Olympic expectations

2012-07-30 08:09

Chris Moerdyk

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.

A classic case is the ANC's election promises over the past two decades. But then I suppose that is the nature of politicians all over the world and not just the ANC.

To promise the earth to voters and then fail to live up to the expectations they create.

Does this mean they think voters and consumers are complete idiots? I have no doubt that they probably have good reason to.

After all, from a political point of view, we certainly have proof of this when, for example, a community voted the ANC into power in the last municipal elections and within the week set fire to their local councillor's house in a service delivery protest.

I really hope that South Africa’s media forget about the 12 medals in 2012 idiocy and that if our team comes home with six or seven that this will be seen to be a massive improvement and a feat worthy of celebration.

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  • chazfury - 2012-07-30 08:34

    'we demand 12 medals!' Don't think it's gonna work in the UK.

      peter.gugelmin - 2012-07-30 08:36

      Ok. let's try we need, we insist on 12 medals

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 16:29

      please guys, before any of you say anythimg else that is demeaning to our athletes, hint at them having gotten there because some athletes were 'left out' because of their colour, or have no chance of getting any or limited medals, think about this... how proud would you be of yourself to know that you met with and excelled above Olympic qualifying times? how proud would you be to support your country? how upset or unsulted would you feel to read this article or to read most of the comments of this website? so yeah, many may not enjoy my manner or language, but at least I am the patriotic one here...

  • patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-30 08:48

    Sadly there is no BEE or AA at the olympics..... Such a pity!

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 09:22

      you twat, neither is there any in the team. how do you think that qualify? only the best qualify based on times. get real and go back to your couch you cretin. support team SA instead of being so damn negative.

      neddard.mcphearson - 2012-07-30 11:06

      ed I totally agree with you...and was shocked to see the number of thumbs-down votes for your comment!! :(

      koo.doyle - 2012-07-30 11:32

      I think the thumbs down were due to the fact that he is relying on being rude and insulting, instead of being clever, to get his point across.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 16:25

      ummmmm, and the guy who wrote the comment wasnt rude or insulting? what do you think one of our athletes would feel if they had to read patricks inane comments? how upset or offended do you think they would be? the fact is that we should be insulted if anyone suggests that any of our athletes got there because they were AA or BBBE appointees...the reason why you have to QUALIFY to get into the olympics is just because of that. to suggest that they are not of an olympic standard or because some guy like patrick sits in his chair the entire day and feels that he has a right to criticise them is what is truly insulting.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 18:00

      two words for ya or one repeated twice you choose... Banyana Banyana...

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-31 11:17

      charlie: and what of cameron, chad, lawrence ndlovu, the mens hockey team (who lost even worse than banyana)? what of all the other countries who have teams that have not performed well? there are MANY, not just banyana. the fact is that this is their first appearance at this level. they qualified based on their performance as set by olympic criteria, not governments. maybe you should all watch a couple of events and take note at how the US competitors always have a fanatical legion of supporters who proudly cheer their athletes on, fly their flags and actually care. point a finger at our athletes, but maybe think of leaving the country and heading to aussie or something. till then charlie, here is a new name for you. foxtrotuniformcharliekilo:)

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 09:20

    whoever you are, leave the politicians out of sport. also, you really are a short sighted individual who is intent on mediocrity. one of our biggest challenges is that of aspiring to great targets and values. not only that. the team is doing that. your article is also ironic given the massive amount of criticism our last olympic team and its management took (the managements criticism was justified) because all they could do was bring ONE medal back. so, how do they improve on that? do they not practice as much and possibly look to just being mediocre? they train even harder, get given a bigger budget and more assistance by sascoc (most disciplines did) and aim to be the best in the world? if they dont win in these games, then at least they are cultivating a 'winning' team spirit that will bear fruit in 2016 and beyond. fortunately, they have gone for the second option where at least if they dont win, at least they did their best and people such as yourself will not be able to point a finger at them after the games. not only that, but at least if they dont win, they may get a silver or bronze and know that they accomplished something. either which way, they would surely have made a better attempt at being great than you and this crap*y article for it is definitely 100% mediocre.

      juan.sander - 2012-07-30 10:30

      Dude, after reading just the first few lines of your comment it seems as if you need to go back to school and learn how to create proper sentences before attempting to compile an intelligent response to an intelligent article. Epic failure!

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 11:17

      ps Juan...laetus laborum...

      gareth.beesley.7 - 2012-07-30 12:00

      PS Ed - Google Translate doesn't count as intelligence, just midly resourceful.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-30 12:47

      ed.gutsche: stupidus lamebrainus

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 13:24

      shoh, between 'beastly' the maniac risk-taker and patrick (with his 16 friends), i am feeling so outsmarted...oh yes, also wondering why none of you doom and gloom experts have not yet left the country? besides, if you read elsewhere on news24, you will see that a whole world awaits in the US of A...

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 13:26

      and margie, what you said is such a cop-out. based on your logic, just because the ANC government is corrupt, i should do likewise and reduce myself to their level? bollox...that iss a feeble excise and you know it. you have to rise above the petty politics.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-07-30 13:55

      It's 61 ed not 16......... Take your shame like a man! lol

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 15:36

      ummmm no mike....61 may be the dyslexic number, but 16 is what the real number says on your profile. if you keep on bowing down, you may be able to give yourself some head... now take the walk of shame buddy:)

  • Quartus - 2012-07-30 09:48

    I think they had something else in mind. To come back home with 12 medals can also include "lifting" medals when nobody is looking...

  • ex.dutchman - 2012-07-30 09:59

    If all the athletes with potential to win medals had been included in the team, the 12 medals would be more than realistic. however was the team picked on the potential for the winning of medals? Anyway Cameron did us proud! Roland did very well even though he did not win a medal.

  • gareth.vorster.9 - 2012-07-30 12:08

    Agreed, what a thumb suck total, and especially after the disaster that was Beijing. Since 2008, what has government done in terms of development/performance programs to warrant the expected 12 fold medal increase in London?

      michael.bourbon.1 - 2012-07-30 12:58

      Nothing mate.... nothing. Just basically stole all cash received from the Dept of Sport and chased all the sponsors away! Even our very own princess had to "host" a camp for our swimmers at her expense....

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 13:29

      do you guys know anything? sascoc and the department have given huge increases to many of the sporting disciplines. as they say, presumption is the mother of all f-ups...but hey, why try and be positive when you can rather just point a finger and make accusations based on no actual facts.

  • lmapheto - 2012-07-30 12:25

    Cant stupidity be deduced from ambition...Chris! You Patrick Buckley o a jumpisha gore o bari...

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 12:43

    what a sad sad, negative bunch on this page...

      mikenortje - 2012-07-30 14:06

      Ed chill Dude have a Klippies and COKE, SA is grinding most people down.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 15:18

      hahahaha, thanks Mike. i am actually pretty chilled most of the time, just hate how negative south africans are, bitching has become the number1 sport. maybe if they had individual bitching for men, woman and teams, SA would win 3 more medals! it just sucks that when people should be supporting TEAM SA, that they hav to be so negative, pull them down or ruin the mojo... shame, many unhappy people here.

  • james.otter.10 - 2012-07-30 12:45

    One down eleven to go!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-30 12:58

      lol, thats the spirit, we all know what a realistic medal expectation, our politicians, can't even do their jobs, how can we expect them to understand the olympics, just ignore what they say, nothing they ever say happens anyway.

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 16:31

      nigel, i would love you to say what you just did to one, let alone to the entire SA olympic team. hang your head in shame.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-30 18:03

      ag ed go cry me a river please...

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-07-30 12:50

    Pity that toyi toying is not an Olympic event.

  • Koeloe - 2012-07-30 13:05

    Stupid is, is stupid does

  • kaybee.kanyiso - 2012-07-30 13:59

    uhm it will never happen the only result SA will bring back is tears and torn shoes

  • michael.barns.1 - 2012-07-30 14:34

    hey you gotta aim high I suppose. Not sure if they reward the athletes for all their years of hard work, but they should give them like R5m for Gold, R2m for silver and say R1m for bronze. I mean they would be the top 3 best athletes in the world. Or even more, I mean the government does waste billions on rubbish so rather put it to good use and give them an incentive to really exceed.

  • Danz666 - 2012-07-30 14:56

    we all complain when our politicians interfere in sports matters, but yet even Chris chooses to include politics in sports. everyone should be wise enough to know that if you need and want change,it has to start with "YOU" ! SHAME ON YOU CHRIS and all of you who choose mix Politics ans Sport. LET OUR ATHLETS SHINE PEACEFULLY!! :(

      ed.gutsche - 2012-07-30 15:19

      now thats what we should be doing danz666! Pity that you you will have a load of negative folk commenting though...TEAM SA deserves ALL our support! ed.

  • Jacques - 2012-07-30 23:29

    Angry columist is angry!

  • john.moodley.7 - 2012-07-31 13:23

    c0ck suckers , this is sports not politics. stop blaming every-one else and get behind our team.

  • vusi.mpela - 2012-07-31 17:55

    what will the medal expectation be in 2050..... hahaha.... hopefully athletes will be chosed on merrit by then, polititians are asleep in parlement in order to keep away from sport and SA can support their teams as a nation.

  • sskepu1 - 2012-07-31 21:22

    2 golds in the bag,10 to go what do you say now bitter columnist?you deserve a gold medal for moaning since you are perfect at it.just get behind our boys chris and stop with the negative rhetoric.

  • angela.michaels.73 - 2012-08-01 08:28

    And if every one of the athletes representing our country had set the bar low we wouldn't have a team at all. This is so typical of a middle aged loser who at most probably staggers around a golf course. There's nothing wrong in asking for 12 medals and celebrating even one. The only loser here is you Mr Moerdyk. And stop making EVERYTHING about the ANC.

  • Ettiene Jacobs - 2012-08-05 20:28

    Chris Moerdyk, is n grys skoen ou oomie wat al lankal saam met sy ewe negatiewe buddies in Aus of NZ moes gesit het. ANC or President Zuma comments or not I think it is a slap in the face of our olimpic athletes. You are practically tell them you are useless an good for nothing ! What is wrong with having a stretch goal and striving to be the best we can possibly be .Tell the rowers and the swimmers your golds were a fluke and you were idiots to work hard with limited resources, as you don't deserve it. Chris I am sure you were and is not rooting for the rowers and swimmers or any other of our Olympians in London at the moment because if you are, you are the idiot

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