How does a nation benefit from winning medals in the Olympics and other international sports tournaments?
I am a sport enthusiast myself. I can wrestle, grapple, box, and protect my family as advised in the Holy Bible.
I don't understand the rationale behind what real benefits there are for a nation to win medals. The population is increasing, and millions don't have enough to eat.
For this question, I would actually appreciate a response from opinion pieces of British newspapers; others are fine as well. The British newspapers were quick to sarcastically opine when a poor nation like India launched a Mars mission while millions were starving. If that was "useless", why aren't leisure activities like sports in the same category? Even worse, why would a government offer bounties for its medal winners?