May 14

There are rats in our roof. They are up there in a training camp for the Beijing Olympics, hoping to secure their spot in the rat-athlon squad. Rat-athlon is a multi-day event comprising five disciplines: clawing, scampering, biting, wrestling and gnawing.

I saw their coach the other day; an older, portly rat in a brown tracksuit. He was sitting outside my window, checking if the weather was good enough for a spot of outdoor cross-training.

Come August 8th I will be sitting in front of the television, waiting for our rats to pass in the opening ceremony. I know our nation’s ranking in rat-athlon is low, and I don’t harbour hopes of a medal, but the Olympics are not just about winning.

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