Olympic Games 2004 in Athens: Central Asian perspectives

by Anonymous on 8/11/2004 · 3 comments

We have two days left till the Olympic Games 2004 will start in Athens.
According to an Italian site dedicated to Olympic Games, central Asian countries have the following ranking:

Kazakhstan (summer games 47, winter games 27, overall ranking 48),
Uzbekistan (summer games 72, winter games 33, overall ranking 64),
Kyrgyzstan (summer games 116, no winter games, overall ranking 117),

Tajikistan and Turkmenistan have participated like the other central Asian countries in two Olympic Games in 1996 and 2000, but as they didn’t win any medals they are not ranked. Afghanistan participated in more Olympic Games than all other central Asian countries (in fact in 11 Olympic Games), but as it has never won any medals, it is also not ranked.

As for medals, so far
Kazakhstan has 6 gold, 8 silver, 4 bronze medals;
Uzbekistan 1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze medals;
Kyrgyzstan 1 bronze medal;

According to this article in UzReport.com, this year Uzbekistan will have 69 participants in 15 types of sport. The government of Uzbekistan will award gold medal with US$100,000, silver medal – US$50,000 and bronze medal – US$25,000.

The main hope for gold medals for Uzbekistan comes from the boxing team, which is considered to be quite strong.


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Education 2003–2004 Master Degree in Developmental Studies (DESS “Gestion et dynamisation du développement”), The University of Pierre Mendès France of Grenoble, France 1998-2003 Bachelor Degree in International Economics, The University of World Economy and Diplomacy of Tashkent, Uzbekistan Work Experience 05/2004-08/2004 Researcher, The Economic Mission of France in Istanbul, Turkey 04/2003-09/2003 Research assistant and Translator in the UNDP project UZB 01/04 on institutional reinforcement of the Higher School of Business under the President of Uzbekistan 01/2003-04/2003 Interpreter, International Department, The Higher School of Business, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 09/2002-01/2003 English Language Junior Editor at the Journal “International Relations, Law and Economy” of the University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent, Uzbekistan 06/2002-09/2002 Intern, CIS countries Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

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Nathan August 11, 2004 at 9:49 am

There was a report on one of the many NPR news programs I listen to (Marketplace maybe?) on paying for medals.

The first I heard about it was in 2000 when I heard that Uzbek athletes got money for medals. I found the practice unethical, but understandable.

Well, isn’t there egg in my face… US athletes earn money too, just not directly from the government. Uzbek athletes stand to earn 4 times as much though.

Alisher August 11, 2004 at 10:25 am

No, Nathan.
I dont think it is unethical to give money to sportsmen for Olympic medals, but what I do think is unethical is to give 100,000 USD for a gold medal, in a country where an average person earns 35-40 dollars a month (World Bank, 2004)

Nathan August 11, 2004 at 10:47 am

The reason I found it unethical is that it flies in the face of the Olympic spirit of competition for competition’s sake.

There is a lot of prestige that comes with those medals though, so I can understand the impulse to pay. In Uzbekistan’s case, I don’t think it’s a bad idea. A lot of the good press it gets comes from sports.

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