Athletes represent the people, not the Government

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Since the beginning of time, well, the beginning of the Olympic bid, debate has spread across the country about rights and wrongs – sponsorship, security, inclusivity and, ultimately, the legacy.

With a week to go, the papers have ramped up their coverage of London 2012, indulging in supplements, DPSs and special supporter hashtags.

A female Australian footballer was splashed across the tabloids this week, doing a spot of, er, flashing.  The Daily Star ran a story attempting to expose scandal in the Olympic village, before it’s even happened.

The Sun pulled through, however, and published a ‘Guide to the Games’ supplement that educated readers about the various sports, the basic rules and some fun facts. The timing was perfect, as it was published on the same day that The Lancet medical journal announced that the UK is the third most inactive country in Europe.

BBC Radio One has also been hosting a series of interviews with athletes, during its breakfast show, where personal stories of dedication and commitment are intended to inspire listeners on their daily commute.

Let’s face it, this is what it should all be about. Torchbearers have not all been elite athletes – they’ve been a national team of local heroes.

So here’s a plea to the tabloids – let’s leave behind the scandal and focus on what is really important about the games.

The truth will undoubtedly come out once Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony is unveiled in all its countryside glory. I’d bet my signed Jessica Ennis t-shirt that it will be the sweat, the talent, and the medals adorning our athletes that will be trending on Twitter.