The hope, glory and honor

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The Olympic games have proven to be an event full of highs and lows, ups and downs. So the badminton team is back from Beijing, with a silver medal to be proud of…although there was a flicker of hope that the medal could have been a gold one, and that on that fateful night, we would see Lee Chong Wei standing proud and tall on the highest step of the podium, with the strains of the Negaraku playing loudly.

Still, I am mighty proud that we walked away with a silver medal, and at least now we see Malaysia on the medal tally board.

Of course, there are plenty of comments and remarks about the straight-set match.

“He was nervous.”

“He lost confidence after losing those first few points to Lin Dan.”

“Lin Dan had home ground advantage.”

“Chong Wei felt the pressure.”

After the match, some people even say,”Aiyo, what a waste…he missed his chance of getting that RM1 million.”

But seriously, is that what’s important in winning a gold medal for your country? Is the RM1 million proverbial dangling carrot the impetus that drives our sportsmen (and sportswomen) to aim for excellence? Shouldn’t our sportsmen show their true patriotic attitudes with pride and genuinely say and believe that they are doing it for their country? For the honor, for the glory, and for the pride and love that they have in their hearts for their homeland, which we sing (all together now) – “tanah tumpahnya darahku”.

Because the truth is, sports people in some other countries are mostly just volunteers. Well, those who do well certainly gain from sponsorships and endorsements, but those who don’t, they just do it for their country, believe it or not. That is why tears are shed when the national anthem is played. These athletes are touched that their efforts have paid off.

So really, do you think the attitudes and mindsets of Malaysians should change? Or the problem could lie in the way we are governed today. What say you?

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6 Responses to The hope, glory and honor

  1. PB says:

    You said it! We are firstly behind in the sporting department and secondly only going for gold if there’s a carrot. Not to say that a carrot is all bad if it makes a donkey go faster 😛 But yes I’m happy we got A medal. It is better than having NO medal at all. 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: We definitely HAVE to buck up in the sporting arena!

  2. cc says:

    I cannot agree more!

    The Giddy Tigress says: I wonder if another 4 years will change our sportsmen much…

  3. michelle says:

    And he is a Penanites and he is going to be a Datuk, just for getting a silver medal.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Datukships are so common these days, it’s no longer a symbol that someone has “been there”.

  4. zewt says:

    for all the money spent, we can only come back with 1 silver. i heard vietnam can also get a gold.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yeah, some countries I haven’t even heard of also can get get gold medals.

  5. Chen says:

    So fast, now Olympic is over d.
    I can still remember watching the grand opening ceremony 🙂

    The Giddy Tigress says: Yup, it was grand all right 🙂

  6. zara's mama says:

    me… I’ll go for the $.. 😛 That’s the best motivation.

    The Giddy Tigress says: Really? But what about honor to the country?

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