The first Asian Youth Games is now officially closed. Which made me think --- how our athletes have done throughout the week-long event? We sent 61 athletes and I guess we did well. OR NOT?
After our class this morning, I immediately went straight to the i-cafe and checked 2009 AYG's official site to see the final medal tally... BUT, I almost fell out of my seat with what I saw... WHOOOAH!
Dude, you're seeing it right. One bronze, one silver and nothing gold for us. SHIT! Are we really that bad in sports that of the 60+ young athletes who were sent to represent the country, only TWO able to take home a fuckin' medal. OOPS! Sorry for that unsavory word. I'm just really pissed off. What do we go there for? To embarass ourselves?
Imagine, Singapore grabbed a total of 30 medals (9-6-15). tsk. tsk. Thailand was able to haul 20 medals (11-7-2). Even Iran and Kuwait amassed more medals than us. Look at that! The Philippines only wound up 18th over-all, just four knots better than Myanmar, Malaysia (huh? what happened?) and Indonesia, which each pocketed a bronze medal. At least, it gave me a slight relief.
PSC, POC or whoever, listen to this:
IF WE JUST SEND MORE ATHLETES THAN SPORTS OFFICIALS THEN WE WILL HAVE BETTER CHANCES OF AMASSING MEDALS! THOSE OFFICIALS TOGETHER WITH THEIR WIVES ARE JUST IN THERE FOR VACATION.
LET MORE ATHLETES GO TO INTERNATIONAL SPORTING EVENTS LIKE THIS.
Breath Poot. Breath. OK! OK! Get off me. I'm starting to calm down.
Stephanie Cimatu ... just call her 'Stef' (feeling close)... gave us our first taste of victory when she nailed a SILVER -at least- in the javelin throw event that officially put the country in the medal tally. Excellent Stef! Excellent!
And the other medal, which is a BRONZE was given to us by bowler Collins Jose. He also deserves a round of clap-clap.
Another silver lining (on this disaster), three swimmers - Borja, Alkhadi and Lacuna - though didn't take home a medal of any hue was able to qualify to four events in the debut of Youth Olympic Games next year. Not that bad! Isn't it?