Phillips Idowu, the champion British triple jumper, will not be getting his champion legs into gear for the Commonwealth Games, after inspectiors deemed the althletes housing quarters ‘uninhabitable’.
The games, which will be held in Delhi, in India, are due to start on 3rd October. Inspectors who viewed the housing blocks were said to have been ‘shocked’ by the condition in which the worlds leading athletics champions were expected to stay.
To add to the steadily increasing concern, news of a falling bridge within the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where events will take place, told of 23 injured construction workers.
Idowu, the eccentric show pony of the events (last seen with a bright red crop, but who know’s what he’s styling now?!) told his fans on Twitter: ‘Sorry people, but I have children to think about. My safety is more important to them than a medal.’
The medal was important to him. His first Gold medal was won in the 2006 Commonwealth Games, so no doubt it is an event close to his heart.
The news comes not long after the defiant move made by Usain Bolt to refrain from all British events until the 2012 Olympics, due to tax laws which would make his competing a financial loss. (The only winner here, of course, is Tyson Gay, but I suppose he deserves it..)
It might be tempting to feel a pang of sympathy for poor Bolt, until we are informed he recently signed a multi-million sponsorship deal to wear a free pair of (Puma) shoes.
So I ask, are we mistreating our athlete’s, or do our athlete’s ask too much? Everybody on the media-reaching planet knows about the insane financial gluttony of football players and their many mistresses. But what about the big guys, the statues of athletic performance?
Chrissie Wellington recently published an article in 220Tri, in respectful protest of the new World Triathlon Corporation rules. Among other concerns, she listed race fees as an issue. With athletes paying a $750 year licensing fee, or a $500 race-day fee, alongside huge, and ever increasing, race fees, the concern seems inderstandable.
When it comes down to it, athletic endevours are very rarely about money. Swanky cars, amazing accomodation, shiny shoes are not what athletes should be seeking.
Safety, of course, is paramount. As is an acceptable, livable upon wage. Athlete’s need to be paid a fair amount, enough to cover the physical and emotional stress that dedication to sport demands. They also need to be provided with a decent place to lay their championship body the night before an event. But with the safety box ticked, competing needs to be about passion, not fashion.
Sat – Rest =D
Sun – To Ditchling, Beacon Hill x 4, back, 5 sprint laps at Preston Park + spin
Mon – AM: 60min run, PM: gym
Tues – AM: 1×1.5k swim, 8x100m, PM: Turbo: 8x1min hard, 4x2min, 1x4min (1min rec))