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Thursday, November 6, 2014

do you believe in fate ? - the medals that came - and the death for another !!

One cannot explain fate – ‘whatever is destined to happen will happen’  - sometimes, it chases people – be it good or bad – as bolt from blue !

In the London Olympics Chinese were so dominant and appeared winning everything.   At the Olympic velodrome,  Chinese pair Gong Jinjie and Guo Shuang sped round like lightning in the qualifying and first round, notching world best times of 32.447 and 32.422 seconds. They were slower in the final but it was still good enough to beat Germany.  The pair - Guo Shuang and Gong Jinjie finished a victory lap and started celebrating but soon it turned to dismay when they found out they were not Olympic champions.  The Gold medal went to Germans in the Olympic women's track cycling team sprint after original winners China were relegated to second for a takeover infringement  and prior to that  the hosts and medal hopefuls Britain had been disqualified in the first round for another illegal changeover.

New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams was rendered "speechless" after being handed an Olympic gold medal because her opponent was disqualified for doping. Original gold medal winner Belarussian Nadezhda Ostapchuk was stripped of gold after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent metenolone.  Ostapchuk, the 2005 world champion, took surprise gold with a throw of 21.36m to end the almost two-year unbeaten run of 27-year-old Adams, who took silver with 20.70m. with the disqualification, Adams then was  awarded gold while Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko  was  upgraded to silver and Lijiao Gong of China to bronze.  Adams, the 2008 Olympic and three-time world champion, almost missed out on competing in London because New Zealand officials forgot to register her for the Games.

Away from the sporting arena, something on belief (in the traditional Hindu way).  Sure you would have heard of “Prarabdha Karma”. For the uninformed, it could be explained as collection of  past karmas, which are ready to be experienced through the present body (incarnation].  Karma, means deed or act which according to Hinduism governs all consciousness.  Karma is not fate, for man acts with free will creating his own destiny. According to the  Hindu tenets, if we sow goodness, we will reap goodness; if we sow evil, we will reap evil.  Karma is a concept in Hinduism which explains causality through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout a soul's reincarnated lives forming a cycle of rebirth.

Fate perhaps was cruel on Gary Anderson 58 who died in a freak accident.  Gary Anderson, 58, was bringing drywall to a construction site in Jersey City this morning when the one-pound tape measure plummeted, bounced off construction equipment and struck him. Ambulances rushed to the scene after the accident, which took place around 9am, but an hour later he had died in hospital. The tape measure fell 50 floors from this apartment building, killing Gary. 

A spokesman for Jersey City's department of public safety said the tape measure fell from the fiftieth floor of an under-construction apartment block on Christopher Columbus drive. As it fell, it ricocheted off construction equipment around 10ft above the ground, and hit Anderson in the head. Seconds before, he had been speaking to another worker, who was inside a pickup truck. The man had been there delivering gypsum product for the construction when unpredictable accident occurred.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
6th Nov. 2014.


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