One of the most enjoyable features of the Olympics has been the behaviour of athletes and supporters…..much better than professional BBC presenters who have tried to ramp up the Chauvinism. Meanwhile the majority of British athletes….and the British supporters have behaved with decency and respect to rivals and other countries.
Presenters have wanted to spread around some innuendo about performances (by foreigners of course) which appeared too good to be true. Co-presenters…….experts in their field such as Mark Foster (swimming) and Jonathan Edwards (Athletics) were quick to restore faith in their sports by politely slapping down any unsubstantiated suggestion.
To be honest….I have only seen one incident which caused me to re-think. Last night Argentina played Britain in a semi final match in Womens Hockey. The British crowd were singing “Rule Britannia……….Britannia rules the waves”. Not exactly harmless patriotism, this was clearly a reference to the fact that these two nations had serious “history”………..the sinking of the Belgrano during the Falklands-Malvinas War.
It was crass and unecessary but totally out of character with the Spirit in which the Games have taken place.