All roads to Rio

In the meantime that senor Messi is reportedly rethinking his decision to quit soccer (yes), Barca has rounded up a 21-member team to the Olympics! They will compete in football what else (Neymar Jr.!, Rifanha, and Alves in women’s) as well as basketball, handball, athletics, field hockey, and rugby 7. One more reason to look forward to the Games!

FCB in Rio Olympics
source: fcb

From FCB we go to the US Team. Someone from the rowing team, Megan Kalmoe, wrote an open letter to decry US media’s sudden vigor in reporting the dark side of the Olympics host. Here’s an excerpt:

Stop trying to ruin the Olympics for us. I can’t be sure when the first headlines about the water quality in Rio appeared and the conversation really started. But ever since then, it seems like it’s all people want to talk about. And I can’t really understand why…

Think of it this way: every time you sensationalize the poor water quality, or try to get athletes to react to Zika,or chastise the Brazilian people for allowing their government to collapse, you’re not just insulting the Brazilian people. You’re also insulting us, your American athletes…

Every time you ask us to shift our focus from our specialty during the one time in a four-year cycle that we get the opportunity to share our expertise with the world, it’s an unnecessary distraction that we as competitors do not need and should not have to deal with from people who are supposed to be on our side. Every time you steer the conversation away from the athletes and competition and on to things that are outside of our control, you’re suggesting to us: “I think you should probably waste some of your energy worrying about this, don’t you?” That’s not helping anyone to be faster or perform better in Rio, so why would you do it? It seems a little mean-spirited and like you don’t care if we do well. Or that you somehow think that we should not enjoy our trip to the Olympics. And that hurts. Because we are doing this for you, after all.

I’ve been watching the Olympics as long as I can remember. Then, the Games was greatly anticipated by nations and their athletes. It’s like the world’s shrunk into a neighborhood, festive, and focused on the games. The world’s simpler back then. Perhaps because there were lesser distractions. These days, the Olympics to a world that has lots of life-and-death things going on at once is just another event. And like many world events these days, a possible target of attack from opportunists. Read the entire letter here.


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