Letters: Colin Bulley, August 30, 2016

Team GB, including Laura Unsworth and Sophie Bray, celebrate winning gold in Rio. Picture courtesy of England Hockey SUS-160824-075216001
Team GB, including Laura Unsworth and Sophie Bray, celebrate winning gold in Rio. Picture courtesy of England Hockey SUS-160824-075216001

It is now being put forward in the media that certain Olympic gold medal winners should be knighted.

Why? They have not carried out some heroic deed. They are not heroes. Heroes are our servicemen who risk their lives for their country. They are people who put their lives at risk to help others. They are policemen, firefighters, ambulance and rescue organisations. Present day athletes are backed by millions of pounds of lottery money and lead a pretty comfortable life. Servicemen fight for their country and, in many cases, come back after traumatic tours abroad and receive very little help.

It is a reflection on modern day standards that we prefer giving medals and knighthoods to people who run round in circles, go for a swim, or pedal multi-thousand pound bikes – in circles.

Colin Bulley, Elm Close, Downham Market