The 7th Century Mayan Prophet, Pacal Votan left a universal message for future generations of an envolving earth. He foretold of our accelerated technological society and the resulting damages of our collective divergence from natural law in exchange of materialistic value. He foretold that the "end of this creation" will be on 21st December 2012. He gave the reasons behind the predictions and also the things that will take place when the earth experience electro magnetic problems. There are those who believe that there will an end and there are also those who believe in rapture and return.
But, what has all these got to do with sports? Well, 21st December 2012 is about six months after the Summer Olympics in London. If something is supposed to happen on 21st December, would there be some signs already six months before that? We will have to wait and see. So far all of the Mayan's predictions have come to past.
Recently, I read a comment by a reader in an active sports blog about Malaysia not having a contingent at the London games. The writer asked, "who's gonna qualify?". I am not sure what the intentions are but this question need some serious attention. To qualify for London 2012, an athlete must be 20 plus of age and ranked top 10 in Asia in 2011. We are talking about individual events. No need to talk about team sports, in fact it would be a total waste of money is spend on team sports to qualify for the Olympics.
What happens if none qualifies? Then maybe we have to use the back door entry with wild cards and "sympathy cards" or maybe even persuade International Olympic Committee to have an extra exhibition event. However, whether athletes qualify or not, some officials, I am sure, are dreaming of being at the Olympics for the umpteenth time. Doesn't matter whether senile or not so senile at that time, what counts is they have to be there. I won't be surprised if the scheming, horse-trading and offering of post, position and trips elsewhere begins now. The countdown has started in Malaysia, not yet for the athletes, but surely for the officials.