Brussels today, tomorrow the world

Wednesday, November 30, 2005, posted by jon at 12:19 PM | 4 comments

Today reader, you find me in Brussels, heart of the European community. I'd love to say that I'm here to negotiate a place at the Olympics, but sadly, I'm here for work - the stuff that pays my bills.

Good news : Sao Tome Principality have sent confirmation of my email

Bad news : Apple Inc do not wish to get involved. Tsk.

Actually, Apple said that given the money they've donated this year, they regret that there is no more budget left for 2005. Mmm... have they not noticed? I'm in this for the long term. In 6 weeks time, when January comes around, I shall reapply. Can't be fobbed off that easy, I'm made of slightly firmer stuff.

A rather helpful reader has suggested two further sports to try : Tennis and Handball. They'll be added to my potential sport list in due course.

Another correspondent (ok, Colin, my friend) has volunteered to film and photo me taking part in each and every Olympic discipline to allow me to get a feel for the sport and to help define how I'll participate. Dear reader, it's going to be no fun.



Dear Jacques Rogge...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005, posted by jon at 3:09 PM | 0 comments

A kind reader has managed to get me Jacques Rogge's, President of the IOC, email address. A polite email has been dispatched. Thank you.

Dear readers though, I need your help. Are you, your parents or grandparents a Head of State, newspaper editor or TV programme commissioner? Thought not. Ok, how about just sending this url to some friends - they might be world leaders.

Thanks for your support so far. Keep reading and writing. - J

Dear reader,

Liechtenstein are not demonstrating the same enthusiasm to accept me as they did initially to reject me, so I've applied to come other countries to see how the land lies with them.

Courteous emails despatched to Sao Tome, Lesotho, San Marino and the Federated States of Micronesia, requesting a place at their Olympic tables.

Surely someone would like to take on this gifted athelete(!)?



Traffic Report

Monday, November 28, 2005, posted by jon at 3:50 PM | 2 comments

2 days after launching and my traffic is already up to 100 hits per day. I'm rather honoured!

Still nothing back from the Liechtensteiners though ... hopefully there'll be some news soon on that front.

In the meantime, if you happen to be Jacques Rogge IOC President, the President of your country's Olympic Association or it's head of state, feel free to get in touch. I could use a moment of your time.



Liechtenstein : A half-hearted rejection

Sunday, November 27, 2005, posted by jon at 9:39 PM | 0 comments

Liechtenstein, my proposed adopted country, are enormously efficient which, to be honest, it's a virtue I much admire in a nation state. Readers to this site will know that not many hours have passed since I applied for an Olympic place and yet, there in my inbox, is a polite reply, reading :

"Dear Jonathan,

Thank you for your interest in our country and especially in our sports.
Unfortunately it is not possible for you to compete for our country in Olympic Games.
Not only that the Olympic rules demand the citicenship of the country the athlete is competing for, but we also strictly support our national athletes. Sorry for that.

Enjoy your sports and good luck to you.

Kind regards
Monika Lang-Plüss
DIENSTSTELLE FÜR SPORT"

Well now. On the face of it, this rather looks like I've been turned down. But, look closely, there's still avenues to explore hidden within this political reply.

They will only support their national athletes : mmm... but I will be self-supporting and thus cost nothing
I'm not a Liechtensteiner : mmm... but I'm prepared to become one as you, dear reader, well know.

So, the door is not closed. I've written back to Monica to explain my position more clearly - in German of course, a language I don't speak. Well, you've got to show willing haven't you?

Dear kind reader,

I realised pretty early on in this endeavour that my own country, Great Britain, is rather unlikely to give me a place at their Olympic table. Whilst a small nation, we rather punch above our weight sport-wise, which means that the British Olympic Association are unlikely to drop their standards and offer me a place.

My thoughts were that a smaller nation might be a better option and Liechtenstein, with it's sub 50k population seemed a fair choice.

I wrote :

"Dear Sir/Madam

I've read your website with interest and scoured the internet for additional Liechtenstein resouces and have been delighted with what I have learnt. Liechtenstein is clearly a delightful and beautiful country. I've read with interest about your sporting excellence, particularly in winter sports, but have noticed an opportunity for your country : summer olympic sports. I'm a keen sportsman and would like to compete for your country in the future. I realise that as a UK citizen, this is somewhat unusual situation, but I'd welcome your views as to how I might go about this.

With high regards for you and your country, Jonathan"

Liechtenstein, apart from being one of only two doubly land-locked countries in the world is not reknowned for it's sporting prowess. I figured that there was a chance that I was already Liechtentstein's best archer if only they'd give me the chance.

So, the journey has started, we're on the move.



The start of the journey

Friday, November 25, 2005, posted by jon at 11:29 AM | 0 comments

Here goes nothing eh?

2 months ago, whilst I was curiously sober, an idea came to me : Why not compete at the Olympics in London? Those of you who have seen this less-than-fine athlete will know that sporting prowess is not really my thing. But come now, it's 7 years away isn't it. Is it possible for someone to train and get to a high standard of international competition in 7 years? I have no idea, but we'll soon find out.

So, my mission : to compete at the 2012 Olympics. Watch this space and follow the journey to London.

Immediate help required : A sport, a coach, equipment, a country and plenty of sponsorship, all of which will be given to charity. Keep coming back.