The Podium for Holland, the Plush Bench for Belgium. The Low Countries and the Olympic Games
(Hans Vandeweghe) The Low Countries - 2012, № 20, pp. 58-65
Belgium is a structural underpower when it comes to sport. The Netherlands is certain to win its hundreth gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. On the other hand Belgium has provided two presidents of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge being the current one. For Dutch successes there are organisational and motivational factors and the simple fact that the native Dutch younger generation are the tallest in the world. But let's be honest: sporting success is consolidating around a few major power blocs.