National Senior Games lowering standards to raise entries?
I’m on the mailing list of the National Senior Games Association — which is organizing the National Senior Olympics this summer in the S.F. Bay Area. And today’s email has this intriguing declaration: “The NSGA has announced that 4th place finishers in all 2008 Qualifying Games in all individual sports (except tennis, cycling and golf) are now eligible to register for the 2009 Summer National Senior Games. Third place finishers in 2008 Qualifying Games in tennis and cycling are also eligible. . . . Congratulations! See you in San Francisco.” So are the NSGA folks getting softhearted? Not really. I suspect some hardheaded bean counters are pushing for higher attendance. In earlier years, a flood of entrants overwhelmed Senior Olympics organizers. Now the economy is slowing interest to a trickle, I gather. Hang tough, fifth-placers. Your invite may come, too!