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  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 3 days ago

    Agree in part with that Laps. I’m not 100% convinced about Hamilton, the car developer, though I think the insiders in the sport report that he has developed substantially in that regard from where he was in his early days with McLaren. But equally I’m not 100% convinced that driver input into development these days is anywhere near what it was…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 5 days ago

    Any participant in a team sport can have Philipo’s assertion about Hamilton leveled against them. Ultimately the sport of F1 is about a team creating a great / fast / reliable car, and then a driver with immense talent has to race it to the victory. Its the sum of the parts, and whilst it is easy to dismiss, it is no different to a star…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 5 days ago

    So (with due respect to their talents) 2 female athletes in very niche sports, 1 female athlete who is a member of a team in a traditionally male sport (so relatively little public recognition, rightly or wrongly), 1 token para athlete whose popularity will be directly related to Strictly Come Dancing, a token footballer, a motorcyclist nearly…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 week, 6 days ago

    I’ve made sure I’ve shared the freely available transcript on my club’s FB page for parents, athletes and coaches to read. Someone like Clay doesn’t come around too often, but if they do the awareness of amenorrhea and similar issues needs raising. Interesting that it was also this week that the MarathonTalk podcast talked with Tina Muir who had…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I don’t believe my points are contradictory:-
    – All contenders for SPOTY should be in one “pot”, irrespective of ability / disabity
    – IMHO the majority of para athletes are vastly over-hyped and therefore don’t deserve a SPOTY nomination, with some exceptions.

    So I’m suggesting that an exceptionaal para athlete should win the award, in the same…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    A separate para category would really be treating them as second class sportsmen and women. The very best of them (of which there are truly only very few) are as equally capable of taking SPOTY in their own right.

    I have a real problem with para sports being given the same profile and priority as non para sports when in most cases the actual…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    A separate para category would really be treating them as second class sportsmen and women. The very best of them (of which there are truly only very few) are as equally variable of taking SPOTY in their own right.

    I have a real problem with para sports being given the same profile and priority as non para sports when in most cases the actual…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I personally like this quote from Sir Mo today ref 2020 Olympic marathon:-

    “If I’m capable of getting a medal or close to a medal, you will see me”

    Particularly the “…or close to a medal”. Maybe just an off the cuff comment, but displays a level of humility and desire to represent the country again which he’d have every reason not to still retain.

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    I think Laps final point there is spot on. We want transparency, but even if they were transparent there’d still be raging debate about the conclusions drawn. And do athletes really want all of the dirty washing aired in public (e.g. latest details on injury status, queries about commitment / lifestyle, detailed reports on progress with coaches…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    I disagree with that; I’m not so sure there is a line that can be relied upon when it comes to sexual harassment issues.

    It would not surprise me at all if Hamilton’s purchase of his jet was all handled by people working for him (I think the Guardian article on it says as much), and such is the mindset of advisors in this sort of area that tax…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    I disagree with that; there’s little or no grey area when it comes to sexual harassment issues.

    It would not surprise me at all if Hamilton’s purchase of his jet was all handled by people working for him (I think the Guardian article on it says as much), and such is the mindset of advisors in this sort of area that tax minimisation will be one of…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    I personally agree about the tax issue – its double standards of most of us to suggest that if we were advised how to manage tax more effectively we’d mostly follow that advice. But that being said, those double standards exist.

    Mo likely won’t win unless the BBC really get behind him based on the fact that they cover his sport on BBC1 in a way…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    LOL @ F1 not being a sport. I think there’s a sport in there, but it’s masked by the cars. There’s definitely a sport in the driving, and undoubtedly LH is very good at that. I suspect the “sport” aspect of it will become more and more important over the next few years as cars continue to converge on technical paradigms, and therefore the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    What’s the celeb injury rate for DOI? It’s not quite “The Jump” is it?

    She’s clearly got to look after herself economically, and I can’t really fault anyone for thinking rationally about maximising their earnings potential during their athletics career, especially if the realistic prospect of being a truly global athletics face (where the big…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    You’d have thought those women / para issues would be factored into the bookies opinions, presumably that’s why Daley, Peaty, Rea have such long odds on that aggregated list.

    Still can’t understand the appeal of boxing, but given I avidly watch F1, athletics and cycling I supposed I am a little focussed on some areas and not on others. Maybe I’m…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    Reckon Lewis Hamilton’s star might be on the wane with the plane VAT story (a matter on which I have no view personally, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of opinion out there in tabloid land).

    So in the great public consciousness we’ve got:-
    – Lewis Hamilton – most poles, most WDC for a British driver, but with controversial lifestyle and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    Reckon Lewis Hamilton’s star might be on the wane with the plane VAT story (a matter on which I have no view personally, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of opinion out there in tabloid land).

    So in the great public consciousness we’ve got:-
    – Lewis Hamilton – most poles, most WDC for a British driver, but with controversial lifestyle and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month ago

    How do they select from the 3 finalists? Or are these finalists just the “top three” and the winner is already determined (just not published)?

    Would like to see Farah and Thiam win I think.

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    It was touch rugby wasn’t it? But certainly not ideal for someone who Bolt has tried to annoint as his successor!

  • replied to the topic larkim in the forum Current events 1 month, 1 week ago

    Agreed with that Loz. Anyone trying to paint this as a split from AlSal with a view to removing the cloud of suspicion is misjudging it. If Mo had had any doubts, he had the chance a long time ago. Which says to me, as a Mo fan, that he doesn’t have any doubts.

    Moving away now still leaves his whole successful track career under the tutelage…[Read more]

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