I really didn’t intend to get involved but just can’t help myself 😦
The other evening, actually it was late last week, Friday I think it was; I decided that I’d watch a bit of news on the TV. I’d kind of made up my mind that I wouldn’t do this for the next couple of weeks, and you can guess why. As usual I succumbed and switched on the tele and switched off my brain
It seems that the USA have two types of competitors, the vast majority come under the heading Team USA, which seems reasonable enough. Those part of Team USA, are, as far as I can ascertain, staying in what is generally called “The Olympic Village”.
The ‘Village’ in Rio de Janeiro bears little resemblence to a village as such, but looks pleasant enough from the pictures I found on Google, as the pic below centre suggests.
The other team is referred to as “The DreamTeam” for some reason or other that I haven’t bothered with, after what followed in the news. Seems that this team do not reside/stay with Team USA in the ‘Village’; I was not enlightened as to why but I assume that it would be beneath them to go “slumming” in an Olympic Village with the riff-raff.
We/I was informed that all the members of this dreamteam are multi-millionaires. Google search tells me that there are some approaching billionaire status. Obviously then they need accommodation befitting their rank. Naturally in a place like Rio what is better than staying aboard a luxury liner?
Their own luxury liner that’s what! And not one of those ugly great monstrosities that pass as luxury liners these days, no way; a much smaller more exclusive ugly monstrosity, a mere 196 cabin ship, all to themselves.
How; perhaps more importantly why, have the Olympic Games been allowed to sink so far? Why do the IOC allow this to happen? It’s all about money!
Frankly I’m sick of all the hype and hypocrisy that is the Olympic Games, if ‘sportsmen/women’ want to take part then they should all expect to be treated equally.
Perhaps the ‘Nightmare Team’ would be more fitting name for this group of men. Surely there are many Americans who are ashamed and embarrassed at the temerity of the “DreamTeam” ; I truly hope there are; even just a few will do. 😦