Gold Medal, etc...
09 August, 2012
Gold Medal, etc...

Nobody had expected a boisterous rush of Olympic medals in Georgia but there still was a flickering hope and certain amplitude of trepidation for winning more than a couple.Did not happen! There came one piece of gold around right at the start of the Games, for which fact our heart-squeezing gratitude goes to God and to the Man himself of course. Yes, it came like the manna from the blessed Olympic sky, and then stopped to the worst of our

frustration and unlived-up-to expectation.

Would it make any serious sense to go after the scapegoats when the Games are still on the go? Probably not! As a matter of fact, it will take many months and maybe years to rethink the concepts of Georgia’s sports and the attitudes thereof to have the situation straightened out. On the other hand, as long as my unsporting eye could observe and perceive, the preparation, logistics and organization of Georgia’s participation did not leave a lot to desire. All seemed to be in place, all seemed to be seamless, all was done in a very presentable fashion and all looked very much like ready. But all this counts only when the performance is at hand. Otherwise, the entire efforts would remind the plowing of the sand. Whatever the earned journalistic or professional comments, hot and long discussion of the outcome is definitely in store for us to be taking place sooner than we might think. Meanwhile, life continues in its own trivial fashion, suggesting certain peculiarities every now and then. For example, there have been X number of things happening during the London Olympiad in the Georgian community – both Olympic and local. The Georgian side has rented a house in London for the Olympiad time and called it the Georgian House. The house has already hosted several events, including the opening of Georgia’s participation in the Games, hosted by GNOC; the Georgian Wine Degustation, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture; the book-launch, prepared by the Ministry of Culture and the reunion of the Georgian community in London, suggested and hosted by Georgia’s ambassador in Great Britain and his wonderful staff together with Nana Alexandria, the famous chess star of the country with international fame. The most noticeable fixture of the event was the 74-year-old Jumber Lezhava who has traveled by bicycle from Tbilisi to London to arrive at the Games’ opening time. Jumber, as famous as he is in Georgia has once again surprised us with his ability of making the successful (and meaningful too) world-wide bicycle trips, enduring the plight and deprivation of a lonely traveler. Unfortunately, he has not made big of an Olympic splash in London – the usual modest smiles and the routine questions and answers only. The concert part of all those cultural events was filled in by the well-known ensemble of Georgian Folk Songs SHVIDKATSA, lead by Giorgi Lomtatidze, and a group of child dancers KAVKASIONI – art director Anguli Kavtaradze. Olympics is certainly a sporting event, but it also has a great potential for people to socialize everywhere, all the time, at every occasion. This sense of happy socialization was definitely present at all those events in the Georgian House those days. Winning is great and losing is not good, but on the whole it should not matter overly much. What matters most in the long run is good will, fine mood, nice attitude and guaranteed peace between the nations. Olympic Games is one of the most instrumental media for bringing around all those good things, and the London Games of the XXX Olympiad is working in exactly that mode. I wish it could somehow remedy the ongoing Syrian tragedy. It may, who knows! Isn’t it weird on the other hand that London is full of joy, shared internationally and at the same time lives are being lost in that beleaguered country, the lives that are in no way less valuable than the lives of the London Olympiad athletes and their unsuspecting spectators, not willing and ready to give their Olympic thoughts to those who are under imminent danger of death. And still, let there always be Olympics, let there always be life, let there always be the smile, let there always be the sun.

 

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