While some of us bask in medal-reflected glory – and a splash or two of post-drug-test sanctimony – other nations are deep in post-Olympics gloom.
Not Australia – they did OK in the finish after a miserable start. I mean, for example, India.
Their overall effort – six medals, none gold – was bad enough, but the failure of the men’s hockey team “stands out as appallingly pathetic”, wrote S Thyagarajan in the Hindu newspaper.
To finish outside the top six was a “disgraceful show”, a “fiasco” born of “despicable incompetence”.
On its front page, the Hindustan Times sobbed “National game now a national shame!”
The rage and recriminations were louder still in Nigeria where the medal count was a lamentable zero.
The performance of Africa’s most populous country (and the world’s seventh biggest) was “nightmarish”, a “debacle”, wrote Tayo Ogunbiyi in the Nigerian Business Day – made worse by the fact that 16 medals were won in London by Nigerian expatriates.
The “path of systematic disintegration”, he added, reflected the rot at the heart of government.
In the Daily Trust, Kelechi Jeff Eme agreed: “corrupt and conscienceseless administrators” were to blame.
So incensed was the National Mirror it plastered an editorial across the front page, lambasting a “phenomenal failure”.
Its demand: “Those responsible for the huge failure must be fished out and punished”. The government “should descend decisively on the officials that have turned the nation’s sports to a laughing stock. Nothing short of a surgical operation is required.”