Shouldn’t We Redistribute Olympic Medals?

12 Aug

I observe with considerable chagrin that less than 10% of participating nations in the Olympics receive over 90% of the medals.  Now, I ask you — Is this fair?

Sure, the athletes put in the effort to excel, but did they build the Games themselves?  Did they build the facilities for the Games?  Did they build the training facilities, the roads, bridges, airports, used to train, compete, and attend the Olympics?  Did they grow the food that they trained on?  Aren’t the athletes simply the beneficiaries of someone else’s hard work in providing necessary infrastructure and services?

So how can it be justified that so many countries are under-represented in the medal standings?  How can it be allowed that so many medals go to so few nations/athletes?

Shouldn’t there be a quota — no nation can win more than, say, 2% of the total available medals?  And no athlete can win more than one?  After all, (s)he can still say (s)he is an Olympic Medalist — and under my plan, so many others will be able to say that, too.

Oh — We would still expect the countries to put forth a full contingent of athletes, just as dedicated, just as eager to win their event, set new records, etc., but the medals for the events would simply go to the first “eligible” athlete/country at that point in the competition — someone who has not won a medal yet.

To add to the “fairness”, we could randomize the sequence of events at each Olympics, so that, say, runners who missed out on a medal due to “distribution fairness” this time around [country’s quota already met] might get a chance in the next Olympics.

Wouldn’t this be fairer?

[I trust the reader realizes I am only trying to make a point here.]


4 Responses to “Shouldn’t We Redistribute Olympic Medals?”

  1. Joseph Edward Wages August 13, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    I think you are on to something. I believe the presidential candidates should make this part of their campaign. Why is it not in the Democrat platform. Surely it meets the test of liberality they espouse.

    I am a little biased though I think more medals should go to the disadvantaged to make up for past slights.

  2. neenergyobserver August 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Point taken. Would that others will.

  3. Sam August 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Redistributing Olympic medals is exactly what we need to do!!!!

    I am surprised our “fine” president who believes in taking from winners and giving to losers is not making your idea part of his campaign stump.

    • illero August 18, 2012 at 6:51 am #

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m sure the only reason Obama’s campaign has not adopted my idea is that I haven’t sent it to them yet. I should get right on that.

Please reply here -- I value your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: