OzOlympics Ideas for Sydney 2000

to add Distinction

Sydney and Melbourne need events around the Games 2000 that will delight and benefit everyone in the true Olympic Spirit, although they may not come within the present Olympic regulations. Suggestions below include ideas for an Arms Race, OzOlympics as SkillOlympics, and International Yogi events as in a 'Tibetan' competition reported on Internet.

Improvements in the Medal Tables are suggested.

Media coverage can be itself more competitive, to accord with the Olympic ideal and to please our present government policy. These media events can be held anytime, including before or after any Sports Olympics, so that tourists are encouraged to Olymptrip all over Australia. Events need not be on the official calendar.

New Events

Suggestions have been made for new events, such as Darts, Snooker and Foot-in-Mouth. Others include:

Useful sports. Such as

See also SkillOlympics

Improved Medal Tables

The Table of Gold

A Table of Gold set next to every final Olympic Medals Table would show how much each country and sponsors spent on training hopeful elites for those Olympics - Institutes of Sport, training athletes from childhood, specialist coaches and psychologists, medications for sports injuries, etc.

These sums would not include what a country spent on sports open for the whole population to take part in for their health and enjoyment, so this table would not penalise countries with large populations. Some countries might concentrate all their Olympic funding on a few sports, but from an international point of view it is good if every country, however small, has a speciality which gives it a chance to hold up its head in this great international geffuffle.

The usual Table of Medals and the new Table of Gold would at present almost match - although not quite. The more gold a nation spends, the more Gold it gets.

National Cost per Medal. The Medal Table would also have a third column, to show how much each country effectively spent per medal on producing its elite Olympic Team.

The Improved Olympic Medals Table

Medal Table for each country

Gold Table of how much each country spent on its Olympic athletes

Cost per medal for each country

The Goldest Medal

Goldest Medals for the Honour of Nations could be awarded at the finale of the Olympic Games.

Records could be established, each calculated as per 100,000 population.

At Atlanta in 1996 for example, it was the International Year for Prevention of Poverty so the Goldest Medals could have been awarded to the countries with the:

And so on.

The Goldest Medal total assessments could be related to GNP of each country. The greater the disparity between Goldest Medal and GNP, the greater the shame for the nation.


Medals for the Media at the Sydney Olympics

Media Medals are 1.Gilt 2. Tinsel. 3. Brazen.

Every country should have competitive, not monopoly reporting of events, with tat least two media rights-holders for each medium.

One media rights-holder's presentation should emphasise the original spirit of the Olympic Games:

Its straightforward, informative coverage of events would recognise

The second media rights-holder would follow present trends

Then the breathtaking competition would be to find out which mode the Great Viewing and Reading Public turned out to prefer to view and read in each country. Could the first rights-holder gain the bigger audience? Or should there be a Senate inquiry into the Dumbing of Australia if the second media presentations won our viewers and readers?

At issue is the prospect that if every nation gives coverage almost entirely to the exploits of their own nationals - then what price our Australian glory if only Australians are going to know about it? Is Sports Glory simply to distract Australians from our failures to perform and achieve as a nation in other areas of life?

Ideas for Medals for participating Nations

For lowest rates of:

For highest rates/ numbers of


The Language of SportsOlympics

There was so much emotional language used in reporting the Atlanta Olympics, that it was amazing that journalists could keep it up so long . In a four-page newspaper feature reporting a days' Atlanta Olympics. Over 70% of the emotional language was negative. Only 29% was positive, with a ratio of 260:106. Much of the negative language was incompatible with Olympic ideals - such as:

aggressive, agony, angry, bitchiest, blaming, cried and cried, despair, devastation, disaster, feral, grief, heart of a national broke, heartbreaking, haven't done their best, inconsolable, intolerable, loathe, rabid gorilla, merciless, shoot the lights out, sobbing away, strangled, tears, tribulations, whip, grim, harshly, bit of mongrel, vicious kick, raging, strike you down, aggressive pressure, ruthless

Some reporters put far too much emphasis on ruthlessness, aggression and no mercy,

Some reporters put far too much emphasis on ruthlessness, aggression and no mercy, and even made criticisms if'harmony had replaced success as team motto ' or that 'there were no biting words' after a defeat

If reporters felt bound to be emotional, they could at least seek some sort of balance, and let their outlook on life include more of:

ecstatic, adorable, beaming, sweet, carefree, grinning, cheeky, bounced, joyful, delight, smiles, cheered, graceful, generous, shone, honest, marvellous, happy, generous, gentle, polite, perfectly, compassionately, team harmony, enthusiastic