Now that the Olympics are done and dusted and most of the althetes have gone home (apart from those still in police custody…) it is time to have a look at the medal table to see who can take bragging rights from their pharmaci…I mean, althetes performance. And you can see that the top ten is filled with the usual suspects: USA, Great Britain, China, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea, Italy and Australia. But really that list doesn’t count because it doesn’t take into account the vast disparity in human resources between countries. And that’s where the real medal table comes in: the medals per capita. And we see that the Rio Olympics were very much a Carribean affair. On the medals per capita list the top ten is very different: Grenada, Bahamas, Jamaica, New Zealand (hurrah! it was in fact New Zealand’s most successful games in terms of total medals won – 18), Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Hungary. Hardly world powerhouses. In fact Great Britain came 19th on this list and the USA came 42nd. Now they just need to do a list based upon medals per government dollars spent on sports.  

Marcus Roberts

Marcus Roberts was two years out of law school when he decided that practising law was no longer for him. He therefore went back to university and did his LLM while tutoring. He now teaches contract and...