Sports Essay: Olympic medals are valued far too much in Finland, and pursuing them is detrimental to both sports and athletes

Overemphasizing the Olympics will do a lot of harm to Finnish sports and athletes. There could be better goals in sports, writes Annikka Mutanen in her essay. The Tokyo Olympics start on July 23rd.

When In the summer of 1992, I represented Finland as a judoka at the Barcelona Olympics;

To my memory, I replied that it feels confusing how huge a hassle has been put up because of the sport alone. I came to say what I was really thinking, and immediately felt like I had answered inappropriately, something other than expected.

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