C’wealth Games a bit of a joke
Look, I understand that it’s nice for disabled people have a competitive outlet, but to combine the Commonwealth Games, which is already a third-grade joke, with the ‘Bonkers Games’ is a complete farce.
I watched a bloke who was “intellectually handicapped” break a “world record” in a bonkers swimming event. He won by the length of the pool and I think the “world record’ was his anyway.
How the hell can it be possible to handicap a field of intellectually handicapped competitors? And even if that was possible, how the hell can any intellectual handicap be related to the ability to swim fast?
If people claim to be partially or fully bonkers, and decide they want to race each other, then surely PB times should be the governing handicap factor, and not the competitor’s presumed intellect.
Any time below a certain level should make the competitor eligible only for the able-bodied events.
A velodrome cyclist was blind, so they stuck him on the back of a tandem cycle with his nose up this huge able-bodied bloke’s bum. After these two won, this little “blind” bloke never missed one of a dozen high fives! Of course there was no protest.
Only one quarter of the world is eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Games, therefore it has no rightful claim to be anywhere near the pinnacle of sporting ability. It becomes even more of a farce when the handicapped are included in the events.
Paralympic Games are separate from the Olympic Games, and they should be, but no-one considers the feelings of the poor little buggers who run a long last. They already know they are handicapped but now they need to know they can’t even compete with the similarly handicapped.
Look I don’t care if they have high jump events for people with no legs, pole vault events for people with no arms, or even piano playing competitions for people with no hands!
... but competitions for the intellectually disadvantaged should be restricted to Greens and PUPs.