I’d like to use this space to say I don’t agree! I’m not disappointed at all.
Italy is a strange country... If you come to Italy and turn on television or if you go to the Sports section of a newspaper during the year you will find only football. If you are looking for “other sports” (as the media call them), you must wait for the last news on Tv (usually with no images) or search (with a magnifying glass in your hand) through the last lines of the last page on the newspaper.
Then the Olympic Games come and the journalists ask our “other sports” to win. Just to win. But even the Italian athletes who are today celebrated because they’ve won a gold medal, in a few days will be forgotten by the media, together with their “minor” sport.
Pierre de Coubertin’s famous motto:
“L'important n'est pas de gagner, mais de participer.
The important thing is not to win, but to take part.”
has been completely forgotten.
We watch them now, and tomorrow we’ll go back to our activities, but their playing with their life, with hours of training every day, with no free time to spend with their families, with travels and competitions, etc.
I hate when the media destroy a team because they didn’t win today, when yesterday they celebrated them because they had won... I think we should be proud of our athletes if they do their best, accepting that sometimes others are better.
So, I want to use this space to thank all the Italian athletes who took part in these Olympic Games, the ones who won and the ones who lost.