Olympian – Who gets Gold and Who gets Silver in 2014?

Over the last few weeks many of us have been gripped by the Olympics, we have seen the competitors push themselves to their limits, whether they’ve won medals, achieved personal bests or just taken part.

Away from the games there has been much comment on whether the games will have an impact on the forthcoming independence referendum.

Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony has been credited with re-invigorating and up-dating the concept of what being British means.

An opening ceremony that featured the NHS and the suffrage movement obviously had an attraction to those who support traditional Labour values.

From a personal perspective that it featured the steel industry, where my dad had his first job, Bradley Wiggins and the Jam, well, it certainly caught my eye.

But since the opening ceremony the media has been full of comments from both sides of the independence debate.

In the first few days the term ‘Scolympian’ was mentioned but seemed to gain little traction and since Team GB started winning medals the debate has moved on to look at what Scotland could do on its own versus the view that the Scots involved have done so well because they can access training facilities throughout the UK.

For those of us who support a Scotland within the union there is a feeling that the debate may have edged very slightly in our direction for the moment.

However, now that the Olympics are over both sides of the debate will continue to work hard to persuade voters to support their respective positions, no-one will be complacent this early in the campaign.

While many may prefer that sport and politics remain separate the reality is that they have been linked for sometime now, especially when it comes to international sporting events such as the Olympics. Whether it be Hitler and the Berlin games in 1936, the Black Power Salute in Mexico 1968 or the boycott in Moscow 1980.

In 2014 there is the potential for sport and politics to mix once again.

Months before the independence referendum we’ll see the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.

While I am sure both sides of the independence debate will get behind Team Scotland, the games will provide a unique background for this historic debate.

The interesting thing, aside from the games themselves for those of interested in sport and politics is whether the games will ultimately be seen as a watershed moment in what will be a finely balanced debate and whether they will be seen as a deciding factor in who gets Gold and who gets Silver when it comes to the final vote.

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One comment

  1. I read recently an article by Jonathan Freedland from the guardian puts a similar point/points accross Bernie. I enjoyed reading the article very valid and apt points lets see what they pull out the bag in Glasgow.

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