Friday 22 September 2017

For a proper sporting model, Ireland should look to Denmark

A Denmark supporter celebrates after they beat France in the Olympic Handball final Photo: Marko Djurica
A Denmark supporter celebrates after they beat France in the Olympic Handball final Photo: Marko Djurica
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David McWilliams's article on Ireland's relative Olympic success, or rather lack of it (Irish Independent, August 24), includes several valid points but also one unfortunate mistake.

McWilliams compares Ireland to some more successful countries, but for some reason completely ignores one of the most successful country of these and other 21st-century Olympics, namely Denmark.

This is all the more regrettable as Denmark and Ireland are particularly well suited for comparison, being European countries of similar population size, economic development, prosperity and geographical location. According to Mr McWilliams, the five top countries of the last Olympics, as measured by medals per population, were the Bahamas, Jamaica, Croatia, Fiji and New Zealand. For this list to be correct, Fiji should be replaced by Denmark, which won a total of 15 medals and has a population of 5.6 million.

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