Olympic | Heritage | 10th August 2021 | Virtual Wire
After the end of the Tokyo Olympic Games, many Brazilians now find themselves orphans from the sports entertainment available late into the night. Despite the nostalgia that is left for the fans, there is also a feeling of greatness in the sports and in the Olympic athletes.
Unlike the so-called “legacy” - that never came - after the 2014 World Cup. The Tokyo Olympics really seem to have strengthened a heritage here. Both for the athletes and for the Brazilian fans.
That's because the tropical country achieved a new medal record at the end of the games. In total, there were 21 medals, beating the previous mark of 19. There were, in total, 7 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.
Now Brazil has an incredible 7 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 8 bronze medals. They were conquered by Ítalo Ferreira who won the gold medal from surfing, and Rebeca Andrade who won her first gold medal in adult competitions after winning the table-jumping event.
The iconic Rayssa “fading” Leal which at the age of 13, won the silver medal in the skate street modality. Just to mention some of the athletes. Furthermore, this Olympic edition has broken another taboo: 180 athletes have publicly declared themselves as part of the LGBTQIA+ community in Tokyo.
According to information released by Outsport, if the community were a country, they would finish seventh in the overall medals table. Overall, three of these athletes were Brazilian and won medals: Ana Marcela Cunha took gold in the open water marathon, Carol Gattaz and Ana Carolina won silver in volleyball.
Brazil's current medal record not only proves how incredible our athletes are. But it also contrasts with the Brazilian government's investment in sports. The Brazilian achievements led the Bolsonaro government to celebrate, of course, the podiums. However, it is noteworthy that the government itself is responsible for cutting resources and scrapping sports programs.
As soon as he took office, President Bolsonaro actually extinguished the Ministry of Sports. What would become a secretariat under the Ministry of Citizenship. Despite the lack of support and investment during the preparation for the games, Brazilian athletes still performed excellently. Which generated some statements and reports from athletes who went viral during the Games.
Like Darlan Romani, the shot putter who, despite not making it to the podium, won the sympathy of the entire country. The athlete was only 23 feet away from winning the bronze medal in the category. In 2020, he was left with nowhere to train during the lockdown period and improvised the training ground on a lot behind his house.
At the end of the Brazilian participation in the Olympic Games, it was clear that good results are not only made up of podiums. Although they didn't come back with medals, many of the athletes from Brazil who went to Japan achieved unprecedented marks in their modalities.
This is the legacy that will remain for the country. A country where overcoming difficulties in the face of adversity is always put to the test. Where the flags of all, regardless of race or gender, have been raised. The country that its people can, at last, be proud to call themselves Brazilians again.