The Spectacle

The Spectacle - The Spectacle If I were to pick one event...

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The Spectacle If I were to pick one event to describe, it would have to be the 15 th Asian Games. They took place in Doha during December 2006 and were one of the only chances Qatar was going to get where the whole of Asia’s eyes was on it. One thing ruined the whole feeling though, every country saw the games as a chance to flex their muscles and show their power, you could just feel the tension between India and China. The Chinese dominated the games, as they have every four years since 1990, hauling in  165 golds, more than the next five countries combined. The runner-up, South Korea, won 58,  and China’s strategic competitor India managed to wrangle out 10 golds. Its eighth-place finish  put it between Uzbekistan and Qatar. Moreover, whereas the Chinese dominated across the board  – from table tennis to the triple jump – India’s medals were skewed toward disciplines that  privilege either wealth or brains: Tennis, shooting, billiards and chess accounted for eight Indian  golds.  India’s ninth came from kabaddi, a team sport vaguely akin to wrestling that is unheard  of outside the Indian subcontinent. The joy of watching this new sport is indescribable; it was 
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2008 for the course ENG 103 taught by Professor Thorpe during the Spring '08 term at Drexel.

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