After John Paul picked me up at the Malibu Creek State Park last Saturday noon, I started telling him about my early prediction for the 2008 Philippine Olympic Team of not being able to win or bring home our first Gold Olympic Medal. This was the details of the conversation:
John Paul: Dad, why does the Philippines give so much attention/importance and reward for the Filipino athletes to win and bring home a Gold Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games?
Bald Runner: We don’t have any gold medal yet and it is for the country’s national pride.
JP: But you have other Olympic athletes who won medals in the past, why do you need a Gold?
BR: Well, that is the ultimate goal of every counrty to have to be proud of its citizenry.
JP: You don’t need an Olympic Gold Medal for the Philippines to be proud in sports and its people. You have already Manny (Pacquiao), a World Champion in Four Boxing Weight Categories in World’s Boxing Associations/Federations and he carries the name of the Philippines.
BR: The Filipinos are used to have World Champions in Boxing since the time of Pancho Villa, Gabriel “Flash” Elorde, Espinosa, and so many boxers. And lately, we have billiard players and some Grandmasters in Chess. World Championships garnered by Filipinos are already “ordinary” news in the country. Who cares if our amateur bowler Paeng Nepomuceno is included in the Guinness World of Records who had been a World Champion in every decade for the past four decades? He is just a world champion in bowling but never a Gold Medalist in the Olympic Games.
JP: Hmmm…Interesting. The Philippines has a big population of 92 Million but only 15 athletes are qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Why?
BR: Don’t ask me!
JP: Dad, do you think that one of these 15 athletes will bring home a Gold Medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics?
BR: I will post it in my blog about my prediction that the Philippine Olympic Team will not bring home a Gold Medal this time. Our sports officials are very confident that we will win a gold medal this time and I guess, they know more about our athletes than me.
JP: What do you think is the problem in Philippine Sports?
BR: Many! But the solutions are there—political will and funding
JP: Can you do something about it?
BR: How I wish…I am tired and hungry! C’mon, we go directly and drop by at the McDonalds near the house. I need the biggest chicken sandwich, biggest coke, and biggest fries!
JP: Dad, the McDonalds’ Chicken Sandwich “Club” has strips of bacon in it and it might give you a “gout” attack.
BR: Ok, I’ll give the strips to you. What is your order? And for Jovelle’s?
JP: I’ll get the “Double Big Mac” & the biggest Coke and fries. I am hungry, too! I just had my workout at Gold’s Gym! Jovelle has an “organic” pizza at home.
BR: Don’t forget to order Chicken McNuggets for your Mom. Get this money.