kpw wrote:Peruvians are crazy about their football, and their sports. They are very proud of it.
Peru's football team is 3rd last in a pool of 10, and they think the chances are still there to make it to the world cup. How many gold medals has Peru won in the history of olympics? One in a shooting event in 1948. Others? 3 Silver in volleyball in (1988) and 2 more in shooting events (1984, 1992).
What I realized is that the best sports people the country sees come from private clubs (like Regatas). That pay well their coaches. It is hard coming from a low resource kid to make it big in sports, as it is elsewhere.
Where in Lima have you seen a sports complex like in any other country with a dozen footballs fields next to each other? In Lima I can only think of private schools that have such facilities. Any area the country could use for sports is better used to construct buildings and getting more money out of the investment (like they did with the Collique airport).
Why doesn't the government do anything to promote sports?
If the government does not promote sports, then Peruvians will remain a frustrated sports nation.
It is a fact of modern sports that athletes are the product of good genetics combined together
with proper nutrition and training. The whole of the Peruvian population has been exposed for
years to an huge degree of pollution, our main river in Lima, the Rimac as a waste removal medium
for many mines since colonial times, there has been no regulations in regards to this in order to
avoid clashing with the mining industry (our cash cow), while the price is paid for everybody it
is obvious that the poorest are more likely to suffer the effects in a more visible way. Lima has
people with skin problems, lung problems, respiratory system problems, polluted blood problems,
and physical deformities that are usually swept under the rug and not publicized in the media
in order to avoid consequences for our tourism industry. Contagious Tuberculosis still exists
and kills people on the poorer districts. Hospitals have several cases of children born with
physical and mental retardation. Without proper food, a clean environment, the right prenatal
care, Do you really think that we will have proper athletes?