Letters | Tokyo Olympics: before the medals, cheers for the also-rans who made Games happen
- As all athletes brave the risk of contracting Covid-19 and its possible long-term health effects, the non-medallists should be acknowledged for enabling the Games to take place
- All competitors exemplify the spirit of sportsmanship and are the ‘winners’ of these Games, even if they do not end up on the podium
Winning a medal in the Olympic Games is a lifelong dream of most athletes and a globally accepted reflection of sports excellence. I totally support the limelight accorded to all the medal-winners. However, their feat will owe much to the more than 200 countries and the thousands of eventual non-medallists who will have made this year’s event possible, bringing home to us once again how the Olympic Games is more than a sports spectacle – it is a cultural event to promote better international understanding and world peace.
Frank H. Fu, professor emeritus, Hong Kong Baptist University