So Canada is finally winning some medals. During that first week all I could hear on the news was the refrain of ‘when’ and ‘why.’ Canada was feeling a little down on itself for its poor showing. While I empathized with the sentiment, it also made me smile a little. I’m not sure if the everyday Canadian saw the parallels between the medal drought and race relations, but that’s what I saw every time the Olympics was discussed on the news.

Every Canadian can tell you why Canadian athletes aren’t succeeding at the Games: money and sport resources. The athletes often have to work to pay for their training, and even if they have the money often there aren’t the needed resources for success (for example there isn’t one Olympic velodrome for cyclists anywhere in Canada).

If more money were put into amateur sport, Canadian athletes would succeed.

Yup, everyone knows why the athletes aren’t living up to their potential, but let’s ask a parallel question: “Why are minorities and those from lower income brackets failing to pull themselves out of the economic basement?”

Ask around. You’ll get all sorts of answers: they don’t have the education, they don’t work hard enough, they self-segregate, they don’t speak English (or speak with an accent), they have a culture of crime, maybe they just aren’t smart enough, etc.

What about the answer that’s so obvious in sport: money and resources. Minorities simply don’t have the financial and resource support of the government to succeed.

Canadians don’t blame the athletes for not medaling, why do they blame minorities for their woes?

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[*for specific info about the Filipino community in Canada see my previous post: Filipinos in Canada]

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One More Thing:

Why was Manny Pacquiao the flag bearer for the Phils? He’s not competing in the Games. I’d be pissed if I were an actual Filipino Olympian. It’s just not fair. [Oh Gloria I know it’s you,  why did you have to meddle in this too???]