Is rudy the number one poet in the world? or in America.
In the world.
If the Olympics take place and only athletes from China show up, it means the athletes are the best in the world, but also in China by default. It doesn't mean "change the Olympics to a Chinese-only event". It means get some other teams there to live up to the charter of the Olympics.
And no, the reverse isn't true. You can't have a world champion at a national event; you can only have a national champion. That the champion is not from that nation just means the nation just got served. It's all about how the competition defines itself, not who shows up. So long as it's genuinely open to all it's completely fair to say the world champ is a world champ regardless of the make-up of their competition that showed up. I think if it's like that EVERY year, a case could and should be made to change the scope of the contest. But if I go to England and beat all of their talent, I'm the best poet in England that year, not the best poet in the world. Fuck England.
The best question is, Is Mortal Kombat a contest of the best fighters in the world? Or the best fighters in THIS world? Is the winner the champion of a multiverse?
Go do a walkabout on THAT one, Mike.