North Korea gets 2 Golds, 3 Silvers, 2 Bronzes; and we get 1 Silver!

A couple of weeks ago, in an earlier column, I commented on another story that touched on Canada loosening their entry of Chinese and opening more visa centers in China to allow more Chinese to enter Canada. I basically pondered the question as to why the Chinese and not more of us Pinoys? While I would have wanted to throw in my ideas, I just had to restrain myself from doing so as I would not want to be branded as one who is un-patriotic or does not love his country that much.

Once again , I will throw in my one singular comment on this without candidly throwing in my 2 cents worth as to why the North Koreans, a country run by a ruthless dictator (they say), a country with around 1/4 our population ends up with 2 golds, 3 silvers and 2 bronzes; and we can’t even get 1 gold?

The purpose of my commenting on this type of news is perhaps we can learn some of the lessons that need to be learned from these countries that seem to be snatching the rug from right under our noses, and this is not only in the field of sports but as I mentioned in an earlier column also in the field of business, industry more particularly the BPO industry, sciences etc. At the same time I am hoping that a lot of us can do away with that false sense of pride and patriotism (as it really does not exist nor does it have any meaning with a lot of us) and perhaps for us to do more introspection and ask ourselves what do the Chinese have, that the Canadians would prefer them to get into Canada. Or for that matter, what do the Koreans have for them to be able to get these medals in the Olympics?

Off the bat, what I can say on the matter is, and this I think would appear to be obvious, is that the North Koreans are getting the due training they deserve. And why is that? Simply because there are no greedy corrupt officials fucking and corrupting all that can be corrupted unlike in this country that has millions of smart and brainy citizens at that (among those most notable are lawyers –ha! ha! ha! ha!). As I have been saying for the past 20 years since we started Linis Gobyerno, way back for the past 20 years, that CORRUPTION is usually at the root of all this BS. So just look where we are now!!!

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“North Korean athletes fall short of Kim Jong-un’s medal target in Rio Olympics

North Korea’s confident assertions that its athletes would leave Rio de Janeiro clutching a fistful of gold medals largely fell flat, leading to concerns that competitors will feel the wrath of Kim Jong-un when they return to Pyongyang.

Arriving in Rio on July 28, Yun Yong-bok, a senior official of the delegation, told reporters: “We didn’t come all the way here to win a meagre five gold medals.”

According to the Korea Times, the North Korean leader had ordered the head of the nation’s sports commission to return with a minimum of five golds and 12 other medals.

In the final reckoning, North Korea’s 31 athletes competed in nine sports, winning two gold medals, three silvers and two bronzes, a disappointing result after Pyongyang’s athletes won four gold medals and two bronzes in London in 2012.

The pressure even told on Om Yun-chol, the 2012 gold medal winner in the 56kg weightlifting category and the firm favourite in Rio, who eventually had to settle for silver.

“Those who won medals will be rewarded with better housing allocations, better rations, a car and maybe other gifts from the regime, but Kim is going to be angry and disappointed at these results,” said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and an authority on the North Korean leadership.

“Those he feels have let him down are likely to be punished by being moved to poorer quality housing, having their rations reduced and, in the worst-case scenario, being sent to the coal mines as punishment.”

There were reports that after the North Korean football team was humiliated 7-0 by Portugal live on television in the 2010 World Cup, a number of coaches and players were sent to reeducation facilities or reassigned to work in mines.

“Those that were sent to mines were allowed to come back again after one or two years,” Mr Shigemura said. “But the same could very well happen to these athletes.”

Yet Kim Myong-chol, executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace and an unofficial spokesman for Pyongyang, insisted that the athletes would return “to a warm welcome and be treated as heroes.

“It was a very strong showing by the North’s athletes, even if we did not do quite as well as in London,” he told The Telegraph. “But if you rank the results in terms of gold medals per GDP, then North Korea is close to the top of the table.”/By Julian Ryall, Tokyo, 23 August 2016 ”