We’re the Americans of the Delhi Games - only less fun
It turns out I’m not the only one who thinks the Commonwealth Games are an anachronistic oddity - some of the Australian team clearly shares that view and has taken it to another level.
Two Aussie athletes in two days have demonstrated just how little respect they have for Games authorities and their fellow competitors.
Remember how we all thought the US swim team were a big bunch of nobs at Sydney 2000, with their pool deck posing and big talk? At least when we beat them they didn’t flip the bird at the officials.
Track cyclist Shane Perkins and wrestler Hassene Fkiri have both demonstrated a level of arrogance and bad sportsmanship that disqualifies them from deserving our support.
And their petulance isn’t going to do the Australian team any favours with its Commonwealth counterparts.
They’re also at risk of overshadowing the good stories coming out of Delhi 2010, like Geoff Huegill’s delight last night at winning silver in the 50m butterfly.
But according to Sydney 200 gold medalist Scott McGrory, Perkins at least deserves to be cut some slack.
He was simply showing his frustration. You would hope those riders don’t do that, but this is the Commonwealth Games.
His chance of winning a Commonwealth Games gold medal has been taken away from him. He is a very frustrated young man, so you have to let that one slide, I think.
How do you think we would have reacted if Perkins had gotten through and another disqualified rider had been such a bad sport? We would have thought it was evidence of our vast sporting and sportsmanship superiority I bet.
While we’re sweeping the medal haul at the Commonwealth Games, the least we can do is act like adults while we’re doing it.
While the Americans might be the ones to beat at the Olympics, at least while puffing out their chests they also have their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks.
These two Aussies obviously take themselves way to seriously. It’s embarrassing.
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