Our Olympic Priority?

There is really something humorous about the thought of Manila’s bid to host the Summer Olympic games in 2020 or 2024 that I had to make another post about this topic. In my last article, “Beijing 2008… Manila 2020?”, I said that I think the bid should be supported given that it would prove beneficial to all Filipinos whether they are at home or abroad. However, before wanting to host the games, shouldn’t we want a gold medal first? I mean shouldn’t we win one first? I see that all of the previous host countries had won gold medals to brag about before they hosted the games. The Philippines has only 2 silver and 7 bronze medals. No gold yet! Zero! Nada! Itlog!

Here is a tally of all the medals we have won by sport so far:

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Boxing

0

2

3

5

Athletics

0

0

2

2

Swimming

0

0

2

2

Total

0

2

7

9

To think that we have been part of the Olympic tradition since 1928. We were among the first Asian countries that sent delegates to the games. Beijing is our country’s 19th Olympiad (note: we boycotted the 1980 Moscow games because of our pro-American political policies). China joined in 1932 but did not attend most of the games until the 80’s.

Asian Country

Year Joined

India

1900

Japan

1912

Philippines

1924

China

1932

Afghanistan

1936

Myanmar

1948

Sri Lanka

1948

Iran

1948

Iraq

1948

Korea

1948

Lebanon

1948

Pakistan

1948

Singapore

1948

Hong Kong

1952

Indonesia

1952

Israel

1952

Thailand

1952

Vietnam

1952

Malaysia

1964

Nepal

1964

Indonesia and Thailand only joined in 1952. By 1952, the Philippines has participated in 5 summer games already. Comparing our medal standings with these two ASEAN neighbors is interesting. Let’s take a closer look at Indonesia and Thailand’s historical medal tallies.

Thailand:

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Boxing

4

3

6

13

Weightlifting

3

0

3

6

Taekwondo

0

1

1

2

Total

7

4

10

21

Thailand is obviously better than us in Olympic Boxing, a sport that is also very popular in the Philippines. We have 3 bronze and 2 silver medals in boxing while the Thais have 6 bronze, 3 silver and 4 gold medals! So what has happened to the land of Manny Pacquiao? Thailand has 7 golds already! They have 21 medals overall.

Indonesia:

Sport

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Badminton

6

6

6

18

Weightlifting

0

2

4

6

Archery

0

1

0

1

Total

6

9

10

25

Badminton has been the goldmine of Indonesia. In fact, they have won 6 golds in this sport. Overall Indonesia has taken home 25 medals since 1952. Like Thailand, they are also competitive in Weightlifting. The Philippines has not won yet in this event.

Here are some more compelling facts. From 1924 to 1936, before the 2nd World War, our country has attended 4 summer games. In the same period, we won 5 bronzes. Then, post world war, we had 2 silvers and 2 bronzes in 15 Olympiads from 1948 to this year in Beijing. Let’s do some simple math:

Pre-WWII: 5 medals/4 olympiads = 1.25 medals per olympiad

Post WWII: 4 medals/15 olympiads = 0.27 medals per olympiad

This computation may be crude and statistically flawed, but it helps drive my point. We are not doing well in the Olympics. I believe we should strive to improve our sports program first. More importantly, the country’s meager budget is more wisely spent if used in solving more pressing issues like poverty alleviation, alternative energy sourcing and infrastructure development. Otherwise, we can not and will never be considered a “TRUE” Olympic host country.

Reference: Wikipedia

2 Responses to “Our Olympic Priority?”


  1. 1 aLps Huwebes 11 Setyembre 2008 bandang 12:56 umaga

    Pathetic statistics!!

    Super left-behind ang Pinas.. ‘Di lang Sports-wise.. Economic-wise, Infrastructure-wise, at kung anu-ano pang wiiiiise..:/
    —————
    Joe: Lahat lahat na… Salamat sa pagbisita. 🙂


  1. 1 Olympic games updates » Blog Archive » Our Olympic Priority? Bakas-pabalik nasa Sabado 30 Agosto 2008 bandang 11:31 umaga

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