This is the closest I have ever been to the Olympics. No, I don’t have a ticket for the opening ceremonies in Beijing or any other sporting event for that matter. Like many folks in the Philippines, I will also be monitoring the action at home through the boob tube. Only difference is; my TV screen is closer to the sites of the XXIX Olympiad. I am currently in the Hong Kong SAR, host of the equestrian events. For now, that will do for me.
Months before the official opening of the games, the Olympic committee in Hong Kong made it a point to educate the public about equestrian sports. Thus, I have been able to add three more words to my Olympic vocabulary: eventing, jumping and dressage. These comprise the equestrian events, which is, by the way, the only Olympic sport wherein man and animal compete together. That’s cool isn’t it? I think there should be more games like this to showcase the connection we have with our animal friends. Sabong (cock fighting) perhaps? Or saputan ng gagamba (spider fighting)?
Kidding aside, I was surprised to find out that Manila is trying to bid for the hosting of the Summer Olympics in year 2020 or 2024. Can you believe that? You think I am still joking? Click here for the link. Also try Wikipedia. If the country will be successful in its bid, a high-tech sports complex will be built in Pasay City. Could this really be possible? Having lived in Hong Kong for more than a year now, I have observed how China encountered heap upon heap of difficulties in meeting the standards of the International Olympic Committee. Just thinking of the financial and logistical challenges the Philippines might face given our current political and economic status makes me giddy! But hey, 2020 or 2024 is still far away. Who knows what could happen. A miracle perhaps?… But shouldn’t we win a few gold medals first before dreaming to host the Olympics?
As a cash cow (Read “On Milking The Cash Cow”), I say, if winning this bid and hosting the Olympics will be beneficial to the country in the long run; if winning this bid and hosting the Olympics will create jobs and initiate a turnaround in the mass departure of Filipinos; if winning this bid and hosting the Olympics will cure the corrupt Filipino mentality that is responsible for our rot; then by all means let us support Manila 2020 or Manila 2024!