The Youth of the World
Just like the stages of grief, an Olympiad seems to go through four phases before, during and after the Games: anxiousness, pessimism, exhilaration and nostalgia.
With regard to the Olympic Games in Rio, the cynical commentary of the press and the angst and nail-biting of international federations and national Olympic committees prior to the event were at an all-time high. There was certainly cause for concern and Rio 2016, as it turned out, was not without frustration.
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Bob Latham is a partner at the law firm Jackson Walker, L.L.P., and an International Rugby Board member. A compilation of his best columns titled “Winners & Losers: Rants, Riffs and Reflections on the World of Sports,” is available in the Media Zone.