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04-22-2013, 04:18 PM
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J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by Imaginary Threats View Post
This was the headline in The Times, one of the biggest national newspapers

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/...cle3677842.ece

After the controversies surrounding some of the athletes competing for us in London, the media loved this
This is an interesting point. For all that this fake pointless nationalism/patriotism and the feeling of "being British" stemming from the olympics is bizarre to me, it is definitely a noticeable concept.

Alpine, anecdotal evidence of the strategy you propose suggests that there is no significant increase in success. It is quite clear that using new nationals has very little impact on short-term success. Patently it will have a negative impact on long-term success, since it does not create any emphasis to concentrate on developmental infrastructure. You don't build a stadium by building the roof first.

Funding, media attention and player participation is what is required to drive improvement. Having players nationalised doesn't help this, since we aren't going to be able to get good enough quality players to noticeable improve our standing/results/ranking.

It really is the wrong method of attack.

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