The Canadian women’s ice hockey team won the gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics when they beat the US 2-0 yesterday. Well done! But few expected the whole team to re-enter the rink some 30 minutes later for a victory party that featured champagne, beer…and cigars!
The victory celebrations prompted the IOC president to launch an enquiry soon after, but officials do not expect any official censure. After all, these were a group of youngsters toiling hard for 4 years to reach the pinnacle of success and they had to let off steam.
But many felt that the party was going overboard. OK, even the Formula One drivers indulge in champagne on the victors’ podium. But cigars? Its an undisputed fact that these are the harbingers of many lethal diseases! What kind of message are these athletes sending out to the youngsters? Some observers felt that it was ok to party once they have changed out of their team jerseys and doing it away from the glare of the media. But youthful enthusiasm knows no barriers. However, the team did issue an apology much later.
After all, who could blame them for their attention-seeking behaviour when the IOC President had earlier threatened that if womens’ hockey did not improve and become more attractive, it would be axed at the next Games?
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