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A Tale Of 2 Olympians

February 13, 2009

THE OLYMPIAN WHO TURNED A NATION DOWN

Michael Phelps and Mr. Bong

Yeah, its Michael 8 Olympic Gold Phelps. And no.. he’s not puking. Neither is that golden coloured liquid liquor (Though im sure he wished it was!). I know… its too evident to be mistaken.

And herein lies the disgraceful tale of this Olympian.

Hero.Superhero.Fast.Fastest.

Some of the qualities you might associate with him. But all these apparently were being smoked out.

“I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment” – Michael Phelps.

Bad judgement? Dude, you’re an Olympian! The greatest Olympian ever! Had this been possible at all without good judgement? Whenever a kid would step into the pool, he would dream of you. Not only that – whenever a girl would reach adolescence, she would dream of you (seriously). And this is not the first incident. Ok.. he was 19 then (and probably more responsible than most of us), but then as Spiderman said… WITH GREAT POWER, COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!

The only bright side? Atleast a slumping industry (marijuana) will get a boost. They got their best ever mascot in Phelps 😉

(The irony – Authorities recently arrested eight people for marijuana possession, in connection with an investigation into the photo of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps holding a bong, ABC News has learned.- One for each medal eh??)

THE OLYMPIAN TURNED DOWN BY A NATION

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The second Olympian is Vijender Kumar (Bronze medalist – Boxing )

The second Olympian is Sushil Kumar (Bronze medalist – Wrestling)

Two different names. One single fate.

A fate that is deprived of an honour from own country. A fate where achievements go unnoticed. A fate which fades in front of cricket.

And that is the tragic tale of the other Olympian.

On 26th January, when India celebrated its 59th year of constitution by awarding people with Padma Shri (in recognition to achievements in various fields), these 2 Olympians, who brought India her maiden Olympic medal for boxing and 2nd medal in wrestling were unceremoniously left out.

Apathy towards other sports by Indian Government or a well-reasoned decision??

According to Sports Minister MS Gill: “Normally the Padma Shri is given on the basis of a career of excellence and to expect it so soon would be naive on their (Sushil and Vijender) part. ”

(The irony- Hashmat Ullah Khan of Jammu & Kashmir, who is an exporter of shawls, was awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award. Hashmat Ullah Khan was given the award in “craftsmen” category. He is neither an artist nor a craftsman. It is not known who recommended his name to the Padma Award panel.)

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2009 1:44 am

    Poor guy!

    Yes he should be an example to young people everywhere, but it’s not like he was shooting heroin! He just needs to be more careful of the people he hangs out with!!

  2. February 14, 2009 2:37 pm

    thanks for the article !

  3. February 14, 2009 3:10 pm

    It’s sad that all other sports get sidelined in front of cricket. Whether the team performs well or not, somehow the cricketers have always been at the heart of the limelight.

    Witty article, liked it.

  4. February 14, 2009 4:24 pm

    Michael Phelps can do Marijuana, just not where the public would see it. Just as long as he doesn’t hurt anyone, it’s fine. But then this photo of him leaked and now he’s a bad example, especially to the kids who looks up to him because they are inspired. Some of these kids would probably use Marijuana just because they’ve seen their idol do it.

    Police should arrest people who broke the law and are using marijuana. There are so many photos in MySpace wherein people show off that they do drugs. They probably think it’s cool.

    Cool article. Much Love,

  5. Ankit Agrawal permalink*
    February 14, 2009 5:12 pm

    @Steph
    I agree after all..Company maketh a man!!

    @Rigved
    Hey.. u don’t have to thank me 🙂

    @Arnab
    Unfortunately yes.. Even after proving themselves in Olympics, they have to keep on proving them. Harbhajan Singh inspite of behaving publicly in such a disgraceful way gets a PS rather than a nap on knuckles.

    @HalfCrazy
    Kids imitating such acts is really an issue of concern. I guess thats the reason Kellogg’s withdrew its offer stating it does not want to set a bad example to those kids.

  6. February 15, 2009 6:50 am

    I understand the company’s withdrawal. It’s fine.

  7. April 15, 2009 5:17 pm

    My fellow on Orkut shared this link and I’m not dissapointed at all that I came to your blog.

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