The Road to Macao
The extra sporting celebration of Catalonia contrasts with the impolitic hysteria in Madrid which want to organise the 2012 Olympics with their racist attitude.
Catalonia has won the World B Roller Hockey Championship with 76 goals scored and one against, a Chinese penalty. But high flying politics are not far removed from sticks on wheels. The final was against England, the ally who betrayed Catalonia in 1713 and Perfidious Albion received 17 goals.
The Madrid bombs liar Angel Acebes bombards Pasqual Maragall for going to Macao: "He had himself photographed with independence flags and when asked whether Catalonia is Spain he answered Catalonia is Catalonia, He headed a disgraceful spectacle." PP spokesman Eduardo Zaplana finds the Catalan team "pointless. This would not happen in a serious country. Those who believe it is just a hockey game are quite wrong." Collaborator Josep Pique ends the fascist cries: "Especially serious is that the president of Catalonia foresees a match between Catalonia and Spain as though these were different realities."
The three party government of Catalonia defends the sporting success. Former communist Joan Saura: "It should be a matter of pride and not a problem." Chief Minister Josep Bargallo of Esquerra: "Queen Elizabeth II is not scandalised seeing England-Wales nor the president of China with China-Macao." Socialist Pasqual Maragall: "In this sport practically invented in Catalonia we also deserve that people can say our team is the best."
Catalonia fields 800 teams, the most in the world, 12 out of 16 in the Spanish league and the entire Spanish team is Catalan. PSC spokesman Miquel Iceta proposes a mestizo mix with the worse placed team withdrawing. The writing is on the wall for Madrid. The day they field no Catalans, they will be relegated to provincial tournaments.
The final approval of Catalonia now awaits in Fresno, California, this November. Sports secretary Rafel Niubo: "It is a sports question. We are not asking for independence or a seat in the U.N. The rules must be applied which state that countries without a State are also members." One third of the international federation are countries without a State. Maragall points out the United Kingdom fields four teams, the same as China: "Catalonia, which is not the Spanish State, and England, which is not Great Britain, played the final. I don't see why we cannot have a Catalonia team if we are the best. It is no problem, just sports, and the day Catalonia plays against Spain they will have a great time. It is a question of freedom of expressing a feeling of sports and nationality which is compatible with mutual respect." Barcelona coach Carlos Figueroa defends the sport: "The admittance of Catalonia in the international arena will be very good for hockey, unlike the war which has just started. It would be great to see Spain against Catalonia. The underlying debate is the political model for the Spanish State." The sons of fascism have evolved more than neofascist PP. Camilo Alonso Vega, Hong Kong consul and son of the governor of Barcelona, stood up for the Catalan national hymn and had himself photographed, just like Maragall, with the players showing independence flags. Exactly on the 25th anniversary of the Statute of Autonomy Sant Jaume Square filled up to receive the champions with the cry: "One team, one nation." Captain Ivan Tibau said from the government balcony: "We put the first stone but other sports will also get this far. They should learn from us!" Maragall has become scared of the Catalan success says Joaquin Luna in La Vanguardia: "There were two parties, one institutional inside and the popular party in the square. Significantly the first was led by Maragall and the second from the balcony by Bargallo. This division of roles fuelled the cries of Maragall collaborator! Maragall had his picture, accepted a signed shirt and disappeared from the scene." Jordi Pujol was never so afraid of Catalans. In the Madrid 2012 Games we should see a Spain-Catalonia in the final. Better two medals than one after the good fun on the road to Macao.
source: racocatala.com J.Verges