Thursday, August 09, 2012

Nothing's changed in 4 years

Whatever the waterpolo team does in the tournament and even if someone else left extremely positively surprises, Serbia's participation in the London Olympics can only be characterized as disastrous. As it is customary in Serbia, no sober analysis is given and instead another sport is added in Serbia in these waning Olympic days: scapegoat hutning(we'd easily win a medal there if only the IOC would include it). For now, the easisest to single out is the national Olympic Comitee's chairman Vlade Divac, as calls for his head are multiplying by the hour.

Delusional press hacks and fans honestly believe that if only Divac would resign our sportsmen will finally train under conditions where instruments are not old enough to have been used by their parents, where water temperature in pools in showers is not icy and where accomodation is worthy of the name it carries. and once that is achieved we will be showered with medals in Rio.

"But lousy conditions are nothing new, we used to be able to overcome that in the past" I hear people reply. The key words here are "in the past". So why not now? One need not go any further then this blog for an explanation. Right after the previous Olympics i n Beijing closed 4 years ago I wrote:

Now we have the so-called "democratic forces", forces of "transition" and "common market". The media are killing all national consciousness for years, it spreads disdain towards national culture and scorns expressing national feelings. Such spiritual state has inevitably transferred onto sports teams. Why is it that today football, basketball, volleyball and other teams do not push harder when they come up against more formidable opponents? Why should they? For whom? For themselves? They have won enough, they have nothing more to prove. To governement officials that continue to abuse them? To a people afraid that any idiot can accuse them of fascism for merely waving the national flag?
Any changes in the social conciousness that might have happened since are only in their inception and are being introduced timidly, not enough to have a significant effect. There are only 4 days left to see whether our last gold medal would, symbolically, still date from the last days of Milošević, or will the waterpolo team, equally simbolically, usher in a new, post-Tadić spiritual era.

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