Tin gods snuff out athlete’s dream

Some people don’t like sport – that’s fair enough. I do and the Olympics has nice aspects to it, i.e. the athlete’s themselves and what they’re trying to achieve.  Sure I’ll be following the events from home.

What gets up everyone’s nose though is the crass commercialization, the petty nazi officials and the tyranny on anyone wishing to promote these Olympics in his or her own small way.

Downunder, there’s a storm brewing and I’m apoplectic about it too. I’d be so even if it were Argentina or Germany. The poor girl, to run foul of the Tin Gods of Athletics Australia.

In a nutshell, the girl – Genevieve LaCaze – has been in the U.S. and like all athletes, had to make the cut, timewise, as everyone has to. She did finally make it but one day too late. In other words, the meeting which would give her the chance wasn’t held until the day after the deadline.

There are extenuating circumstances:

1. Australia doesn’t even have anyone in the 3000m steeplechase, so it’s not as if she’d be pushing someone out;
2. She has qualified for the time, one day late through no fault of her own;
3. This is the dream she’s worked for.

Most of Australia is for her going, the AOC itself is for her going, saying they’d be delighted to include her. She just needs to be nominated by Athletics Australia and there she is. Here’s Athletics Australia’s response:

“Today, the Athletics Australia Board has reiterated the position that the conditions set out in the nomination criteria must stand, and that specifically, no performances achieved outside the qualifying period can be considered for nomination.

“We are therefore unable to consider Genevieve LaCaze’s most recent performance for Olympic nomination and nor will we be able to consider performances from any other athlete after 11 June.”

F***ing jobsworths, petty tyrants. Absolutely no f***ing discretion or heeding of the public mood. ‘Scuse my French. Mind you, I have to admit bias:

4. She’s gorgeous and seems French.

I’m just thinking of all the work she’s put in, how much being at an Olympics means to someone like that – those Tin Gods don’t give a stuff, do they, as long as their prescriptions are met to the letter.

A***h***es.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!

9 comments for “Tin gods snuff out athlete’s dream

  1. June 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Utter C***s.

    SAoT is happy to volunteer to console her.

    • June 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Get to the back of the queue.

  2. john in cheshire
    June 15, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The whole of the Western world is infested with cretins.

  3. Pissed-off
    June 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    I’m a great believer in assassinations to occasionally take out a jobsworth here n there in order to keep them on their toes. This sounds like a good place to start.

    • June 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

      I mean, it’s a no-brainer – see her in London or not see her in London.

  4. Greg Tingey
    June 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    It has happend here as well, only it’s even worse

    How’s that for vileness?

    I hate, loathe and fear the XXXth olympiad, for the erosion of our liberties in the name of “anti-terror” the suspension of laws, the siezure of property, the closure of rights of way, the unbelievable corruption, the crroked and vile sponsorship of really nast corporations, and finally the open fascism – look up Coe’s friend Samaranch (now dead, I’m glad to say.

    No-one asked US if we wanted this shite, and now we’ve got it.
    On my doorstep, too, shudder.

    • June 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm

      Pretty vile, yes. I wonder what sort of paranoid bureaucracy thinks that “you failed a background check” is a convincing excuse for telling a boy he can’t run half a mile with a torch in his hand.

      It seems to me that high-level sport (like Hollywood, and the news media, perhaps) is a nasty, cut-throat business that can only survive by pretending it isn’t a business at all, and that it’s all about wholesome values, dreams, willpower, loyalty, togetherness and so on. The Olympic organisers aren’t even pretending any more.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    June 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    “Hey, it’s only one day….!”

    What happens when the next comes along?

    “Hey its only one day longer than the last one that was one day late!”

    What next “Only one week!”, “only one month!”?

    Either keep to the rules, or throw the rules out the window.

  6. June 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm


    “People power has given LaCaze, 22, a chance to compete in the 3000m steeplechase in London, with Athletics Australia yesterday making a last-minute backflip extending the selection deadline.

    After refusing to budge from its decision to exclude LaCaze because her Olympic A qualifying time for the 3000m steeplechase was outside its deadline, Athletics Australia has announced a change in selection criteria.

    Now LaCaze, whose family and friends launched a massive social media and newspaper campaign to urge her selection, is expected to be part of the Olympic team.”

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