Boat People Help Loser Nation At Games

Officials Check For Medal Hopefuls

Not normally known for opening their arms to visitors Ausfailure does of course have it’s famous double standard when people trying to escape other countries are good at sport.

Being good at sport in Ausfailure is also good for keeping you out of jail if the missus needs snotting as we learned this year when we witnessed rugby league super star Greg Inglis admit assaulting his woman but was lucky enough to not even have a conviction recorded.

But as Ausfailure comes to grips with it’s depleted source of sports people actually any good at anything and mourn their Sporting Capital of the World status help is at hand from desperate people trying to escape the misery of the rest of the third world.

Ausfailure’s Sydney Morning Herald carried the following news.


A Russian, Austrian and Cameroonian walk into a village.

All wearing Australian colours. All with Commonwealth Games gold medals.

And all proud to bring Games glory to their adopted homeland.

Australia’s medal tally at the Delhi Games has swollen from the feats of a host of athletes not born in Australia.

There’s Simplice Ribouem, who hopes his weightlifting gold will lift a weight from his mind: the absence of his family, who remain in Cameroon.

“After training I get back into bed and think … I have a good life in Australia, what about them in Cameroon?,” said the 27-year-old who was born in Douala, the largest city in Cameroon.

“What do I have to do to bring them here to enjoy the same life like me?

“I beg the government to help me with that.”

There’s also Thomas Pichler, a dual gold medal gymnast in Delhi.

Pichler was born in Vorarlberg, Austria, with a hole in his heart and a rare skin disease.

He moved to Australia with his family aged five, after doctors said the skin disease would be cured if he lived in warmer climes.

And what about the massive man, Ivan Popov, who won Australia’s first wrestling gold medal at a Commonwealth Games in 32 years.

Popov was born in Omsk, Russia – the son of former Olympic and world champion Soviet wrestler Vladimir Popov – and grappled his way to the 120kh Greco-Roman gold.

“I am really happy for me, for Australia … thank you for supporting me,” said the overwhelmed 204cm-tall Popov.

Fellow Russian-born athlete Anastasia Rodinova came to Australia five years ago, and captured the first ever tennis gold medal at a Commonwealth Games.

The quartet were among 55 of Australia’s 369 athletes in Delhi who were born in another country.

The list of birth places includes Mauritius, where long jump gold medal winner Fabrice Lapierre was born – he moved to Australia with his family when aged two.

Kazakhstan, Iran, Ethiopia, China, Tanzania, Ireland, Poland, Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Mauritius, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, New Zealand and Indonesia also feature on the list.

The Australian team has coaches born in Bulgaria, Italy, England, Belarus, China, Germany and Czech Republic.

There are physiotherapists born in Scotland and England; section managers from Wales and Fiji.

All have helped build a team representing the truly diverse melting pot which makes Australia.

“Not only are they great role models for their country but (it represents) the different multicultural nature of our country,” Australia’s chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said.

“We promote Australia as being so multicultural, well, here you’ve got examples of great role models within the community and proving that is an actual fact.

“Sport is such a great vehicle for so many people in Australia to be able to feel accepted and get out and make good links within the community.”

Moneghetti said Ribouem, who didn’t leave Australia after winning weightlifting gold for Cameroon at the 2006 Melbourne Games, was the classic example.

“(Ribouem) is the proof at the top end,” Moneghetti said.

“And I’m sure that is providing some good messages into the general community in Australia.”

The man himself named Simplice, simply summed it up.

“For the migrants, for the refugees, you can be a good refugee,” Ribouem said.

“Not a refugee for fun, not a refugee for trouble, but a refugee for Australia.”

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