United Kingdom Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee has revealed that ‘Plastic Brits’ will know the words to the national anthem before the London Olympics.
Van Commenee's surprise choice of America-born Tiffany Porter as team captain for the World Indoor Championships in March sparked a row over athletes who have switched allegiance to represent Britain.
The news of her appointment at the team's press conference in Istanbul prompted a request to ask Porter to sing the first few lines of God Save the Queen.
Porter, who qualifies for Britain through her London-born mother, said at the time: “I'm not known for my singing ability. I don't think that's necessary.”
But now Van Commenee — ironically a Dutchman himself — is talking tough saying: “They know the words — or they will.”
It’s hardly surprising his comment has been widely ridiculed as even Van Commenee admits he only knows the first two lines of his country’s anthem!
No-one can question the commitment of the English players who have pulled on the Republic of Ireland jersey.
Since when does a failure to sing any national anthem signify a lack of loyalty or passion for the cause in any sport?