Monday, August 25, 2008
Lets Not Deny Him His Moment Of Exhilaration.
Jealousy, envy, green-eyed, you name it. There are many who detest the way Usain Bolt celebrated after his historical world record breaking feat in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m men's relay in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jacques Rogge President of IOC, commented to the gesture of the Jamaican sprinter before he crossed the finish line during the 100m that he should show more respect to the other athletes. The nerve of this president. Does he know what it means to be in ecstasy, to be elated ,to be on top of the world when all your sweat and toil, hard work, pain, sacrifices and challenges have finally blossomed into a world record breaking feat?
Around the world, people have glorified what he achieved, yet some chose to accuse him instead of complimenting him. Read some of the comments from this blog 'Haters take aim at Usain'
I love Theodore Roosevelt. Just like Gandhi, he always has the right things to say. TR said, 'It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in worthy cause who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither VICTORY nor defeat.'
Usain Bolt worked hard for the promise that was given to him - 3 world records. How dare we deny him this exuberance in celebration and the feeling of sheer exhilaration of Victory.