Salmond’s statement that London 2012 would be Team GB’s final Olympics was mocked by the SNP.
According to newly discovered reports, the SNP committed to make the London 2012 Olympics the final games featuring a Team GB made up of the greatest athletes from all of the Home Nations.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish First Minister, and other leading Scottish nationalists have been chastised for neglecting to publicly back Team GB’s Olympians. Ms Surgeon and other prominent officials in her party have been accused of a “deafening silence” as politicians from across the political spectrum have given messages of encouragement to Britain’s competitors on social media. According to The Telegraph’s examination of Ms Sturgeon’s 10-person Scottish cabinet’s Twitter accounts on Tuesday, none of Ms Sturgeon’s 10-person Scottish cabinet had individually congratulated any Team GB athlete and only one had recognized the Tokyo games since they began on Friday.
“The whole country is rallying behind Team GB and our Olympians who have had such a terrific start to the Games, but the silence from senior SNP MPs is deafening – even when Scottish GB competitors are doing us all proud,” Ian Murray, the Shadow Scottish Secretary, said.
“The Olympic concept of cooperation and teamwork goes against everything the SNP stands for, so it’s maybe no surprise they can’t bring themselves to support our incredible athletes.”
However, the SNP’s actions should not be taken as a surprise.
Former Scottish leader Alex Salmond stated in July 2012 that the London 2012 Olympics would be the last to feature a Team GB comprised of the top athletes from all of the Home Nations.
The then-First Minister stated that he intended to have a distinct Scottish squad for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, since he believed Scotland will have left the UK by then.
Opposition parties, however, warned that his remarks misunderstood the national mood just a week before the London Games began, and encouraged him to rally behind Team GB rather than forecasting its demise.
Even when Team GB won a record number of medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Mr Salmond called for the formation of a separate Scottish team before independence.
Sir Chris Hoy, Scotland’s greatest Olympian and three-time Beijing gold medalist in cycling, remarked at the time that the requisite training facilities were not available north of the Border.
Lord Coe, the London 2012 leader, mocked the idea by emphasizing his and his Scottish roommate’s pride. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”