The Aviva Olympic Trials in Birmingham was the site of his most important victory in his 15 years of competing in the 100m Sprint. Dwain Chambers is not only guaranteed a place in the London 2012 Olympics, winning his trial in 10.25 seconds it is now clear to see that this Olympic Games he will be giving his fellow competitors a run for their money.
Name: Dwain Chambers
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Key Event: 100m Sprint
Formally suspended from all competitive sport after a suspected use of drugs abuse, Chambers has made a complete turn around and it seems as if he is back with a vengeance where his only aim is to win. His win at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham seemed to have vindicated Dwain Chambers in his battle to overturn the Olympic ban.
From 2006 to 2012 he was banned from the Olympic and Commonwealth Games, as well as the European racing circuits. Early this year his lifetime ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport as the ban proved to be non-compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.
It may seem as thought the ban is in the past and London 2012 will be somewhat of a new start for Dwain Chambers but he was not only banned for life from all Olympic Games but had the medals he had won since 2002 stripped off him. Furthermore his performance in the 2002 relay which earned the British team a gold medal was erased costing his team mates; Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell and Marlon Devonish their medals also.
“I wasn’t too bothered about what people said about me. The only people that concerned me were my family and close friends.”
Dwain Chambers claimed in response to how he felt about the way the public viewed him after his ban.
Tell me what you think? Should Dwain Chambers be given a second chance? Surely the Olympic Games is about a celebration of sport and all other extraneous factors shouldn’t steal the limelight away from the celebration of talent in the area of sport. What if this talent has been enhanced? Is it fair on others who rely solely on hard work and do not stray from the rules by using performance-enhancing drugs? Surely Dwain Chambers was a good athlete in his own right, what made him dabble into the world of drugs? We may never know.
For the first time in History Saudi Arabia is allowing female athletes to compete in the Olympics this summer.
It is often said the women of Saudi Arabia face discrimination in many aspects of their lives particularly in the area of work as although 70% of women are enrolled in university only 5% are in the workforce in Saudi. Therefore it is no wonder it came as a surprise to the rest of the world when Saudi Arabia decided to push aside their social norms and embrace the norms of the Olympic Spirit being equality of opportunity for all despite the differences in gender, race or politics.
The country’s Olympic Committee has promised that they will “oversee participation of women athletes who can qualify”.
Although this proves to be breakthrough for the women of Saudi Arabia, there are some people who strongly oppose the public participation of women in sport via the introduction of women in the Saudi Arabian Olympic Team. However, it must be stated that there is no public tradition that addresses the issue of women participating in sport even though it is obvious that there is a great need for de facto change.
Just a few weeks away, Dalma Rushdi Malhas, a show jumper is the sole female competitor representing Saudi Arabia. This may seem a small step in the eyes of the western world but this is a huge leap in the opposition to the segregation in public roles for women in Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah in the run up to the Olympics has made extensive efforts in order to bring about a subtle reform to pave the way for complete equality for women in Saudi Arabia in the area of Sport.
Why has this change come about? It could be argued that women as a whole in the Saudi Arabian community are being more accepted, as there is a change in the times and more of an understanding of the importance of women in their society. On the other hand, officials have acknowledged that a refusal of the participation of women in the Olympics would have caused Saudi Arabia to look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world.Read More
After Four years of extensive work and dedication 131 athletes have been chosen to compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games for the Great British team.
Summer of 2008 Bejing
311 GB Athletes participating in 302 different events.
Winter of 2010 Vancouver
52 Athletes participating in 86 events.
Summer of 2012 – London
A value yet to be announced of athletes that will compete in 47 events.
Does Britain have a fighting force good enought to bring gold home. Agree or disagree let me know ?
Many use the phrase ‘Cultural Olympiad’ including myself without having precise knowledge of what it really means.
Reading this Spogger post you will be informed of the definative meaning of the ‘Cultural Olympiad’ and its importance.
‘An Olympiad is a period of four years associated with the Olympic Games of Classical Greece.’ The first being in the summer of 776 BC. The basic fact is that ‘Olympiad‘ is a refined term that refers to the run up to the Olympics.
Culture is described as ‘the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regareded collectively’ in laymans terms, people’s way of life, the way they do things, patterns of behaviour.
Culture can be expresssed through three main medium:
- knowledge belief and behaviour
- values and goals
What are the arts of the Olympics ?
There has been great debate on what constitutes art especially as it is subjective to personal preferences and experiences. As there are a number of participants who all have varying dispositional factors. Refered to as the Cultural Olympiad there is a common culture that accompanies the Olympic Games.
The sheer growth in Olympic related merchandise of recent months acts as physical art as well as the carefully crafted characteristics of the stadiums and gymnasiums built for the athletic events that have been planned out not only for comfort and ease of use but as a work of art in its own right.
In a world full of strife, materialism and inequality it could be argued that sometimes there is a need for a festive season or a global event that brings nations together where they focus on an unbias topic such as sport that emphasises neutrality between countries and the achievments in sport whereby amongst the poorest of nations are celebrated.
All shout in excitement as over 8000 people carry the Olympic Flame through the streets of towns and cities throughout the United Kingdom.
What is the importance of The Olympic Relay ?
In ancient times, a sacred flame continually burned on the altar of the ancient Greek goddess, Hera, declaring a sacred truce for the duration.
What does the Olympic Flame symbolise ?
The delivery of the flame from one torchbearer to another spreads unity, neutrality and solidarity across the United Kingdom and the World.
The sporting competitions of the Olympics are in fact designed to be a time of unity with a shared goal of sporting excellence despite any differences in religion, race, gender or sexuality. This is all represented by the transference of the Olympic Torch from Athens where it is lit to the host city.Read More