However, the corresponding coverage by the media of the Olympics is no longer there. I am aware that some are continuing to broadcast but the 'hype' is no longer there. We normal mortals who do not necessarily subscribe to or wish to watch but rather listen are no longer able. Listening to the radio we happen to get snippets of the results almost as a fill in rather than the enormous coverage and hype as before. I manage to see a magnificent performance of an archer on 'Facebook' but this was not spoken about elsewhere. Is it that the national pride for Australian athletes is reserved only for those who are made in the image to what we see as being 'normal'? I am pretty certain that the other countries of the world are also just as ashamed and have no wish to 'hype' those who do not conform to the norms of each society.
The True Olympians www.rio2016.com
Should we not be rejoicing even more for our true Olympians and be watching with eagerness their exploits? Should we not be ensuring that all athletes regardless of their physical or mental capacity have the same support, the same enthusiasm, the same coverage, the same celebration? or do we leave it just to those who are members of the athletes' families, limited numbers of the community that help with the finance, the care and the rejoicing that goes with all athletic / sporting endeavour? As a citizen of the country I believe that there should be an equality in funding, support and celebration by the country for our athletes no matter their sport. As a Christian I am ashamed that we do not do as much for those who are different from us as those we idolise for their excellence in shape, fitness and image. On an aside, I am interested to know how many drug cheats are found at these Olympics compared to our earlier Olympics?
Let us celebrate the success of the true Olympians with the same or even greater enthusiasm than the other Olympians who we welcomed back just the other day. Let us support them to as great an extent as we do for the other Olympians both as a Nation (Government funding, etc), as consumers (demanding more from our media outlets) and as individuals as we involve ourselves in their sports.