The Olympics are about ambition, not national pride
Apparently, there is a new Olympic qualifying standard for those wanting to represent Great Britain - or Team GB, to use the ghastly official name. The Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson, has declared that: "If you are going to represent Britain at the Olympics then I think it is sensible to know the words of the National Anthem. I would say it is even more necessary if you think you are going to win a medal."
No, it isn't. The appropriate conduct when on the podium is just to stand there with a radiant grin and shining eyes. Better still, let the lower lip wobble a bit and allow noble tears of pride and relief course down your cheeks. Singing doesn't enter into it.
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"The Olympics are about ambition, not national pride", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2012. Consulté le 24/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-olympics-are-about-ambition-not-national-pride