The Olympics!

I’m back! And the Olympics are upon us! Every time they come around I tell myself that this year I’m going to watch more of the events, and invariably I end up watching very little. I don’t know how different it will be this year, because I have a ton of things to finish up for August, but I’ll try.

Specifically, I’m interested in watching the combat sports: boxing, judo, wrestling and Tae Kwon Do. I read in the paper that there have been some really good boxing matches so far. I’m disappointed I missed them.

I really enjoy seeing the handing out of the medals. From what little I’ve seen most Gold winners can’t hold back their tears. Some even completely break down, which of course is understandable because they’ve been working towards this event their whole lives. Probably since they were young children. I admire their dedication and commitment.

But from what I’ve heard and read in the past, “all” Olympic athletes take performance enhancing drugs. I remember hearing that it is impossible for humans to reach these levels of performance without these performance enhancers. I remember seeing an expose documentary in 2000 in British television showing how lax the drug control rules are. According to the documentary, the IOC knows that athletes can only break new records by using performance enhancing drugs, and they tolerate it because new records means more TV viewers and ultimately more revenue for them. They also claimed that the IOC is a very corrupt organisation. I don’t know how true all this is, either way it’s a fun event to watch and I think it helps in promoting world unity in one way or another.

Here in Bahrain you can watch the Olympics in the following (Arabic) Free To Air channels: BTV Sports, Dubai Sports, Kuwait Sport, Al-Jazzira Sport 1 & 2. Enjoy!

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