Liz Cambage was right, the Australian Olympic team is not very diverse, and it actually doesn’t represent the people who live here (NTTAWWT). It’s just a fact.
As they are more interesting to look at, we are focusing on women:
Although interest is waning Australians have always been big Olympics fans and some still do get REALLY happy and excited when we win gold medals, especially if it’s swimming, and when we demonstrate, as in the table below, that we punch way above our weight, and that in per capita terms are crapping all over the world. At least until track and field starts.
There are going to be some class issues involved where the people need to be middle and upper middle class to devote so much time and resources for training but generally a lot of immigrants just aren’t very sporty, like Indians are largely only interested in cricket, but even there not that many play it competitively, and at this stage, Chinese mostly only come up in little sports like ping pong. These chinamen dominate ping pong in whatever countries they turn up in:
…. Jian Fang Lay [Australian team], the unflappable 48-year-old who is an icon of table tennis in these parts of the world. Unfortunately she was eliminated last night from the women’s singles tournament, losing in straight games (11-9, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8) to Ying Han of Germany.
We don’t have a great number of Africans, they haven’t been here long, and they’re heavily Sudanese and Somali, and these people are no Kenyans or West Africans, and neither Sudan nor Somalia has ever won anything in the Olympics.
There’s one sport that a lot of the children of immigrants (including Africans) do play, and of course lots of Aborigines, which is Australian Rules, but it is not in the Olympics, but it will rightfully be one day, most fittingly in Brisbane 2032. Possibly.
Matt FreeMatt says
If I had the money, I would sponsor the Somali swim team