And the question was….

Are we all as thick as she (the Baroness in the wheelchair) thinks we are?

‘Lady’ Grey-Thompson reckons that ‘richer’ or ‘wealthier’ or ‘more better-off’ countries can stick their hands into their thick wallets; and cough up for countries who just don’t have that sort of cash, to get their poor, worried (and possibly even traumatised) paralympic athletes to travel to the Games in Rio. Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has won 11 Paralympic gold medals, is calling on wealthier countries to help ensure athletes from poorer nations can attend after promised grants have not been paid to them. The same woman who achieved this status of a Peer of the Realm, this ability to influence the very Law by which we are governed; solely and simply because she pushed a sawn-off supermarket trolley faster around a circuit than the other competitors.

Ignore the fact that less than 12% of the tickets have been sold for the Rio events. Ignore the fact that the Latin Americans don’t seem to be that bothered about the bloody Paralympic Games in the first place. Ignore the slightly-unwelcome fact that not many people other than the alleged athletes are really interested in this farrago of non-competition. Ignore the even more unwelcome truth that the vast majority of events are rigged to appear as if all participants are ‘equal’. Not having observed any of these so-called athletic events for those less-than-able-bodied does not disqualify one such as myself from commenting; after all; we all have free will, and somewhat free speech.

The whole idea of the Games is based upon a single statement that all athletes, able-bodied or not, should be able to participate. Well, here’s at least one which does not agree. The National Lottery has funded both types of sports with a view towards competing in both types of Games. But has anyone been asked if they, individually, agree with such largesse being handed out on the basis of ‘It’s great to watch him/her jerk/waddle/lurch/twitch as he/she makes their way towards the finishing line’? It’s wonderful to see what he/she can do when he/she tries!’ Personally, I believe that the very idea of paying to watch a bunch of disabled people who cannot compete in any meaningful way against other able-bodied athletes, competing against those who are disabled themselves is nothing else than voyeurism of the worst, twisted kind.

If the good Lady wishes to see all the ‘athletes’ who face not being able to travel to ‘their’ Games achieve their goals, let her place her hands into her own presumably deep pockets, and see how many people join her in this particular act of generosity. To watch relays of men or women pushing sawn-off Sainsbury’s supermarket trolleys around a track might appeal to some, and to help the participants arrive at a distant venue may stir more, but Lottery funds, or even Taxpayers’ cash, should not be used to further the ambitions of a very select group of individuals.

6 comments for “And the question was….

  1. Lord T
    August 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    These games are entertaining but only because —– Censored because we don’t want to be prosecuted by the Thought Police ——. Come on you know that is true. Why else would you watch it.

  2. richard
    August 21, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Cripple races are the sportsday equivalent of women in the workplace. A chimpanzees’ tea-party is at least honest entertainment.

    • Errol
      August 22, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Richard, your comment is idiotic. Women are able to do precisely what men can in almost any sector, be that medicine, law, science, finance, business.

      Mike, the Paralympics are an opportunity for athletes with a disability to compete on a level playing field. The idea they should be ignored or marginalised, denigrated as you have is utterly wrong.

  3. Bemused
    August 22, 2016 at 6:47 am

    The Paralympics could be considered as an echo of the freak shows that were once popular in bygone ages.

    Please do not get me wrong, I am not calling the competitors freaks, I admire and respect (to a point) anybody willing to train every day and push themselves, but I have zero interest in watching them or even hearing about how many medals have been won or lost.

    • Cuffleyburgers
      August 23, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      THat’s about my view of it as well.

      As James points out, when people are invited to fork out their own money to watch it there is precious little interest.

      It might make more sense to detach the paralympics from the formal olympics, perhaps hold then in different years, say 2018, 2022 etc, and always in the sme place to keep costs down and ensure that the specialised facilities that are presumably required can be up to spec.

      To me it has always seemed utterly crass to hold it a few weeks after the “real” olympics (which has its problems as well, they should look at reinstating the distinction between amateur and professional for example as a way t tackle the so-called drugs problem).

    • August 28, 2016 at 6:39 am

      Ditto.

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