27 November 2010

Asian Games wrap

Now that I have your attention, a few quick hitters on the Asian Games:
  • Amazing opening and closing ceremonies.
  • China's dominance must be really deflating to the other competitive nations. You're basically playing for a silver medal in 50% of the events.
  • Maybe adding Australia to the Asian Games will help make things more competitive.
  • While Nepal's overall performance was disastrous, we need to salute the many athletes who achieved national records and personal bests.
  • Defeating a Thai Boxer is impressive.
  • Lots of reasons for Nepal's feeble performance, the greatest being a lack of knowledge or curiosity about sports development amongst our sports leaders.
  • Calling Nepal a Martial Arts nation is like calling Hungary a football nation.
  • What made Nepal's performance in the Martial Arts so pathetic was that Pakistan, India and Afghanistan all were able to garner at least a  Silver Medal.
  • Nepali Cricket choking act continues.
  • Media coverage by the Nepali press was quite good. Ajay Phuyal was on fire.

1 comment:

  1. As always China was at its best organizing and managing the event. Sans any hiccups the Asiad was a grand success.
    Expectantly, the host was dominant leaving behind second and third placed S Korea and China respectively far behind.
    Over the last ten years, the kind of stride China has taken in world sports is simply mind boggling. They have virtually converted themselves into a super power, and in the days to come we will see them consolidate their supremacy further.
    Including Australia in the Asian Games, certainly, would bolster the status of the competition.
    As for Nepal's performance, the least said the better. However,to surmise it was a fiasco for our athletes who were too meek and mild against opponents, which included martial arts and cricket.
    Great performance by pugilist Mr Maharjan for winning the lone medal for the country.
    Sadly, under the present system, controlled by bureaucrats and nonprofessionals,our misery in international competitions will continue unabated.
    And helpless athletes looking for respite will continue to grope around in the dark.

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