WELL you can say a lot about the Commonwealth games.
A hangover of empire. Colonialism's last gasp. The Englanders’ desperate attempt to hang on to a memory of past glory.
But try saying that to the local bloke na meri at Boroko market.
This is a chance at world recognition and victory. Ryan Pini or Dika Toua. Like Gene they can carry the flag of national pride high and glorious.
Yeah maybe it's the old colonies that are being marshalled, but they are free and independent now. And they are proud.
So I say this to the naysayers and critics. Live for a moment in Morata when Pini won gold.
You will see and feel then why sport matters, and the Commonwealth Games is a gift from the Poms which has transformed into a major international event and gives an opportunity to build national pride for many countries who would otherwise be neglected.
God bless PNG!