Chinese sportstars

Sport is politicised, but when that politicisation deals with politics ‘the West’ doesn’t like you will hear that old line: “Sport and politics shouldn’t mix”. Laughably, Olympic sport is ‘sport by nations’ and hence this beast is absolutely, inherently and hypocritically political!

Stephen M. Walt of Walt and Mearsheimer. “The Israel Lobby” fame,, {P.S. Anyone know where I can get the full video to: London Review of Books: The Israel Lobby: although there is a lengthy discussion of it here:} has written a short, as usual honest, and interesting piece on nationalism in regards to the 2012 Olympics.

It’s a pity he didn’t examine in any detail the peculiar phenomenon he identified, namely the  “imagined community”. I’d have valued an analysis by Walt on this, e.g. a few questions as to whether “imagined community” – as far as nationalism goes – is deliberately ‘beamed’ upon is, why it’s done, who does it, etc. Lets not forget however that “imagined community” also has a ‘good side’ and the healthy part of it is something most of us draw upon.

Anyway, despite not really watching the zion Olympics, I’ll be happy if any country who the the USUSZ (the real axis of evil) hate or talk badly of. Hence on hearing of a win for China, I’ll crack a smile.


And I will crack a frown when some sour-grapes US swimming coach, John Leonard, pours deliberate suspicion upon Ye Shiwen, the 16 year old Chinese double gold medallist, by albeit accusing her of taking ‘performance enhancing drugs’. This disgraceful mud will now probably stick to her for her entire life.

Ye Shiwen

And it so happens the games authorities have proved she wasn’t doped up. So Leonards defamation was wrong and a vile slander. If someone effectively accused John Leonard of doping up athletes, I can well imagine the little pool turd would feel his career effected and probably take to the courts to clear his name (and perhaps pocket a load of cash).

Funny, but I’ve not heard Leonard spitting out accusations in regards to the absolutely extraordinary and astounding success of Michael Phelps, holder of 19 Olympic medals (15 of them gold). No. Phelps of course isn’t a ‘drugs cheat’. He’s just a ‘phenomenal talent’, as only USans and other selected white people can be.

And no US athlete deliberately takes specific substances (e.g. food) to aid, maintain and boost their athleticism do they? [just that those food containing substances don’t appear on a rather selective ban list].

People probably remember that mega big-head (whatever you do, we is the US do it far bigger) Carl Lewis, who was so vocal about Ben Johnson, but Carl Lewis, himself was a drugs cheat, testing positive in THREE drugs tests just prior(!) to the “1988 Ben Johnson (Seoul) Olympics”  (something Panasonic, a 2012 Olympics sponsor using Lewis, seems to be unawares of) yet, at the time had the nerve to harp on and on about Johnson. Lewis, the possible embodiment of an ego, will love that I mentioned his name, irrespective of me pointing out he’s a drugs cheat.

I would not be surprised in the slightest, if, somewhere in the domestic US athletics fraternity, there various operations which grant various levels of ‘protectionism’ and ‘cloaking’ for the benefit of US athletes, but that’s the USA, so such thought could not possibly have merit.

9 Responses to “Chinese sportstars”

  1. 1 felix August 9, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I had to smile when I read that the secret of the GB cycling team was in part due to their sports psychologist Steve Peters who has ” has helped riders control and eliminate irrational thoughts.”

    Perhaps we can imagine some irrational thoughts top cyclists might have?

  2. 3 lwtc247 August 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

    In Ben’s own words…

    Interesting he attributes his doping scandal to commercial reasons, switching from Addidas to Diadora.
    Carl Lewis (as far as I know) didn’t switch (hence his multi-doping offences were not exposed?).

  3. 4 lwtc247 August 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Note (I think), he’s talking about selective exposures. Given he says he took performance enhancing substances since ’84 “I was [one of the] more tested [athletes] in the world” and he was only exposed at Seoul, it’s difficult not to conclude that the organised sport is dirty and who got to keep the gold may have be serving an agenda.

    does this extend to Ye Shiwen? I don’t think so. She doubtless takes any ‘supplements’ she and her coach can find which are not on a banned list. but I think in the light of the past dirty exposures, that today, ‘whitewashing’ of drugs-results doesn’t happen. The corporatization of the games has compensated by normal boring and frustrating sponsorship, but I could be wrong.

  4. 5 felix August 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    What is a level playing field? Lewis points to unfair genetic advantages. The finger is always pointed at the former Iron Curtain countries where the pressures were ideological (and also personal in order to travel the globe…) and it seems to me that Team GB cycling, for example, is starting to see the benefits of the socialist hothouse system for producing olympic champions (without the performance enhancing supplements one hopes). But there have been enough books on the Tour de France to know that wayback when the playing field wasn’t particularly level if one wasn’t on something or other in the “free world”.
    Nature, the journal which brings you Bose Higgsons, pictures from Mars etc etc had to apologise to Yu Shiwen…
    Apparently the Lithuanian swimmer Ruta Meilutyte also showed some unusual performance changes which, because she has long blond hair and is based in the UK,didn’t exercise the press so much and ……
    “whose improvement is on a curve of improvement regarded as acceptable in coaching circles. Meilutyte is not obliterating world records and swimming faster than the men”

    • 6 lwtc247 August 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm

      The body-building and weightlifting fraternity have also long been recognised for doping too. There is something in the genetic argument I guess. Like USans having a long history of eating growth hormones in beef and chicken, even pigs are bound to be be big and pull their swimming strokes more powerfully than say a pigmy from Borneo. The wee asians dominate the agile sports of table tennis and badminton.

      if natural & permissible supplements do aid performance, is it fair that a technologically advanced country is able to ‘supplement-up’ it’s athletes, while say Nepalese athletes don’t have that. It’s a sticky question.

      As for blond’s not facing the same pressure, it doesn’t surprise me, but I wonder whose or which coaching circles form the terms of reference? It is not impossible that an athlete adopting a strategy including that of energy conservation or even self-hypnosis could never swim some stint faster than a man, albeit a rare occurrence and unlikely.

      “her clean drug test during the competition couldn’t rule out the possibility of doping” – That’s true, but such thought should NOT be entertained, for that way madness lies – possible future revelations withstanding. But especially so if these new stringent tests are applied, especially so of a country whose not a particular major player of the global imperium.

      P.s. No apology from sour grapes US swimming coach John Leonard I see.

  5. 7 lwtc247 August 10, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Swell-head Lewis is at it again!!!

    I think Bolt’s analysis is perfect…
    “I think he is just looking for attention really because nobody really talks much about him.”

  6. 9 lwtc247 August 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Yeah, a man steeped in allegations of drug taking. Is he being stitched up? – Who knows, but I don’t recall many USans going on about his “extraordinary” performances.

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