London Olympics 2012 live: Doping row, Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen and 'arrogance of West'
OT, August 1, 2012 22:10 IST
Farout by By OT Staff
Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen took the London Olympics 2012 by storm. The 16-year-old sensation stumped experts by her record breaking 400m swim historic win. And since then Chinese whispers started spreading in the games city (London Olympics 2012) that she was on drugs.
The Chinese supporters vehemently denied the allegations and termed it "the arrogance of the west." It was expected that the raging controversy would be laid to rest after Ye passed the drugs test. But that has not happened with top US coach John Leonard questioning Chinese teen swimmer historic finish of completing the last 50 meters faster than the men's champion Ryan Lochte did at London Olympics 2012.
It is not for the first time that this has happened in international game. Such things happen in other games too. With the pecking order in the Olympics changing it is obvious that eyebrows will be raised by powers that dominated the international games a few years ago.
Ten countries that are at the top of list of them four are Asians with China in the lead in this London Olympic 2012. North Korea, South Korea and Japan too are in the race. It is obvious in such a situation many would not like the power slipping.
In cricket Pakistan pacers Wasim Akram and Waqar Yunus had to face hard times in Englad when they with their reverse swing made lives difficult for English batters. Their bowling performance had created brouhaha in the country with many accusing them of tempering with the ball. But later on when English bowlers learned the trick of the reverse swinging then the critics went silent.
So is the case with hockey where the rules have been changed to such an extent that India a great hockey powerhouse has become an also ran. It struggles against minnows like New Zealand.
After the introduction of artificial grass in field hockey by the Europeans, the Asian countries including India and Pakistan receded. The rules were changed to suit players of cold countries. Hockey that once was known for its dribble has now become a game of power and speed.
So the lesson is rather than hyperventilating over such allegations, Ye and other Asian athletes, including those from India, should concentrate on winning more gold medals in the London Olympic 2012 so that the era of Asian dominance could begin.
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