Ralph Wiggum wrote:Whilst I'm loathe to read New Ltd. sometimes, this article is interesting in that Chinese team pay big money to be trained by Australian-based coaches. Do our bleats of drug use start quietening down now?
http://www.news.com.au/sport/london-oly ... 6443207625
I read a couple of years ago of Australian coaches warning that Australia needed to increase it's spending on our sporting programs/institutions, otherwise our success would start disappearing over subsequent Olympics. Looks like it's coming true?
I also agree about the dismal coverage from Channel 9. The constant switching between sports is really annoying. I can't remember exactly how Channel 7 did it in 2008, but I'm sure it wasn't this bad.
yeah, well of course in many ways its no real surprise. People seem to take Aussie Olympic success for granted and don't realise that to actually win at the Olympics takes a huge amount of work and I don't just mean swimmers getting out of bed at 4am every morning to go to training every day.
ultimately for countries like China and the US, flaunting their superiority in the sporting arena is no different to why the US put men on the moon, and probably costs a comparable amount of money. Great Britain also would have spent a fortune on development as soon as they'd secured the games to ensure that they would have the strong showing at home that we're seeing now. Olympic medals are no longer won on inspiration and determination alone, and that's the difference we've been seeing more and more in the modern era (in any sport I might add).