I get how athletes worry about their chances of participating in the Olympics. It is directly related to their livelihood.
However, sports is supposed to mean more than just winning/losing/award money/career track. I know to some athletes, they have more practical issues to think about, but if we are talking being practical, if there’s nothing more to sports than that, why even bother investing in sports as a country? Heck, just keep the sports that makes some money, and scrap the ones no one attends.
No, sports is about having that indomitable spirit, training and giving your all not because you know yo will win, but because you don’t want to lose. Sports inspires and unites people. It also teaches younger generations the value of teamwork and overcome challenges.
Now what kind of example are we setting for future generations if we bend over backwards when a bully comes knocking, to the point when the bully calls you a derogatory nickname, say Reek for example, you immediately answer loudly? Even when others tell you you should stand up for yourself and ask him to call you by your real name, you say “I’m ok being Reek, otherwise he might beat me”?
I mean is that the message of “courage” we want out of sports? Really?