“When we run, we are already so exposed, often nearly naked in our shorts and T-shirts, huffing and puffing, purified by the effort. Briefly removed from the defenses and secrets we maintain in so much of our lives, we feel less need to hide our private thoughts, loves, fears, and stresses. We share.” -Amby Burfoot
photo courtesy of ceburunning.com
Many experts say that Filipinos can only excel in only three sports when it comes in an international competition: Boxing, bowling and billiard! The rest we can only compete, but we can never be a world champion.
Take for instance, in running. The QCIM and the SIM were all dominated by those Kenyans. Those ‘monsters’ in running not only lambasted our local bets, but literally amassed all the top cash prizes at stake, right here in our native land.
I have nothing against those Kenyans, in fact, I admire and apotheosize them. To have them here in our country in this friendly competition is an honor and maybe a tool to test our ability against them.
But let’s be very honest. When we invited those Kenyans, it seemed that those cash prizes belonged to them already eventhough the race has not yet started. In our present time, no one can beat those Kenyans. Our number one, Eduardo Buenavista cannot compete due to PATAFA’s sanction and even if he lay a finger on, I don’t think he had a good chance because those Kenyans ran like a team (6-7 of them), with a leader and a spoiler, while our local bets ran in their own, with no team mates whatsoever. Elite runner and country’s number 2, Cresenciano Sabal admitted in an interview that those Kenyans were too strong and powerful for him.
I don’t know if these Organizers invited other countries aside from Kenya, but if they did, those countries in my own opinion will not join, irregardless of a very tempting cash prices, if they will realize that Kenyans will be present.
By the way, I received an unconfirmed reports that some of the Kenyans were boorish and uncultured in behavior in the recent QCIM for they swatted away those water cups intentionally so that the next Filipino runners cannot drink anymore or causing some delay. If this is true, this is not a friendly competiton anymore and I don’t think it would make sense inviting them once again. Right here in our own turf? Those marshals who saw it happened must come out and maybe castigate those erring imports. This is unethical and a big blow to a poor ‘Juan dela Cruz.’
We all knew we have no match against those Kenyans specially now that the Philippine Sports is doing nothing to develop and support local runners. They have a program for them, but with a scanty budget, I don’t think our local runners could excel.
So, what is my point here?
Don’t invite those Kenyans next year.
Instead, invite other countries.
And if we have already a top bet for those Kenyans, we can invite them once again.
It’s my opinion only.
What do you think?
See you at the races.
God be Praised!
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