To qualify as your country’s representative at the Olympics, is it sufficient to simply be the best in your country at a given event? Or do you also have to meet some objective minimum standard?
At the olympic open ceremony, they showed lots of countries with only a handful of athletes. The Solomon Islands, for instance, has a population of about half a million and they sent six athletes. Only six?!? But there’s hundreds of olympic events! Assume you’re the best pole vaulter in the Solomon Islands, because you’re the only pole vaulter in the Solomon Islands. Does that mean you’d automatically be entitled to go to London and enter the first round of the olympics representing your country?
I assume you’d have to pay the travel costs yourself, but assuming you have the money, could you go to the olympics simply by default if no one else in your country wanted to enter that event? If so, then how come more countries don’t enter a full slate of amateur “athletes” who enter just for the experience of seeing the olympics?