Mendoza: We are also like Brunei in the OIympics

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By Al S. Mendoza

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Monday, December 23, 2013

I WAS wrong. I said Myanmar would win the 27th SEA Games. It did not. Thailand prevailed.

Myanmar finished second, but its haul of 86 or so gold medals was 21 gold medals short of Thailand’s harvest.

With 107 gold medals tucked under its belt, Thailand won unmistakably by a landslide, not only over Myanmar, but over the 10-nation field.

If it were a bicycle race, a marathon, a car chase, or even a swim event, Thailand’s victory can be compared to this: The winner is having dinner already and the second-placer has yet to cross the finish line.

Vietnam finished third with 73 gold medals, 13 short of Myanmar’s 86 gold medals.

Vietnam would never fret or the rest of the field might also cry foul—a sure exercise in futility given that in the SEA Games, the host country has always been the favored one.

Vietnam—or the rest of the 10 other countries except Thailand—can never ever overhaul Myanmar because in three events alone, the Myanmarians bundled home 16 gold medals.

And where did those 16 gold medals ccme from?

Chinlone, vovinam and kempo.

What kind of games those three are, I have not the faintest of ideas.

In my book, I think only of chinlone as a lomi variety, which could mean a noodle delicacy that can only come from Hong Kong?

Vovinam can be a potent vitamin of virile proportions, best suited for our senior citizens tired of using the ginseng-fueled tea from Korea?

And kempo, since it rhymes with liempo, may sound like the favorite dish of beer-guzzlers known to frequent haunts like Andok’s, La Loma Lechon alley, if not Cebu’s Ct-Lechon?

I don’t know. Forgive my being so irreverent but I just can’t help it.

Now, if you think you’ve seen enough stuff, how about this? Thailand’s gold-medal margin over Brunei is a whopping 106, Brunei winning only one gold medal (shooting).

You may ask: How come Brunei keeps on joining the SEA Games when it gets clobbered there time and time again?

The answer can only be answered with a question: Why do we also love to go to the Olympic Games when we’ve been zero there since the start?

Theater of the Absurd.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 24, 2013.


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