Olympic ‘morals’ still reek af­ter Rio

Daily Mirror - - BRIANREADE -

A FEW fi­nal re­flec­tions on those glo­ri­ous Olympic Games.

Have we reached Peak Medal Haul? And, if so, will our strat­egy to over­take the USA rely on us per­suad­ing the IOC to in­tro­duce cake-bak­ing and ball­room danc­ing as events?

Can some­one have a word with the Brex­i­teers tak­ing credit for our gold-fest, claim­ing that im­pend­ing lib­er­a­tion from Brus­sels re­stored our ath­letes’ faith in Empire and the need to give Johnny For­eigner a thrash­ing.

Maybe they’d like to re­visit that claim in four years, af­ter our na­tional debt has soared so much we had to di­vert all the Lot­tery sports fund­ing into our hos­pi­tals to plug the gap­ing hole in the lie that leav­ing Europe would make the NHS £350mil­lion a week bet­ter off.

And I know it’s still the silly sea­son, but please can we be spared those corny, preachy col­umns on how foot­ballers aren’t fit to lace an Olympian’s spikes. The ones that say football is morally bank­rupt while the Olympics is be­yond re­proach.

Tell that to de­feated Ir­ish­man Michael Con­lan, who climbed out of the ring to say am­a­teur box­ing in Rio was cor­rupt to the core, to the par­a­lympians, who’ve had money em­bez­zled from them and been left to feel like un­wanted af­ter­thoughts, to the semi-naked Mon­go­lian wrestling coaches, who protested at what they saw as bent judg­ing, and any­one who fin­ished fourth be­hind a Rus­sian and thought that could very well turn out to be a bronze once the dope tests are in.

As Gary Lineker rightly tweeted, the lazy fouryearly com­par­i­son be­tween an­gelic Olympians and Sa­tanic foot­ballers is “dull and sanc­ti­mo­nious bull **** ”.

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