Competing with the world’s best — and winning — is a high that is hard to match. Still, I have mixed feelings about the Olympic Games.
What may have started out a series of friendly competitions has led to a show of power among nations as to which can produce the best, the fastest and the strongest. All of which, of course, take more than natural talent. It takes money and years of professional training to produce world-class athletes.
In some countries, the money and training are provided for by the government to promising youth. The problem is that these youth hardly ever experience youth. Children spend years in training and miss all the fun of being children.
A matter of preference, I suppose. And in the case of gifted athletes coming from poor families, it’s an opportunity to live and eat decently at no cost to their parents.
But all of that is really an aside. This is about one of the themes of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics — the environment.