There was a time when I was idealistic about sports, and it being non political. It seems now that it is more politics than sport. We have governing bodies with lobby groups, we have bribery, cut throat back room deals, and all in the pursuit of the mighty dollar.
The current controversy is over the new Russian anti-gay laws, which while I read, I cannot claim I truly understand all their implications, and the fact that the next winter Olympics are due to be held in Sochi, Russia (the fact that Sochi is sub-tropical, and was awarded winter games is another controversy entirely).
Lots of prominent people are saying to boycott the games, or to stage them elsewhere. The second option I can support somewhat, the first, I feel is up to the individual athlete, because really who does a boycott hurt but the athlete? What I really want is to still be an idealist, and have the Olympics where there were awarded, keep politics out of it. They should be a thing ono their own, with their own police, a UN task force maybe?
I know, I know, I’m reaching. Just seems very frustrating that so many of these events get caught up in the turmoil of politics. I do not support the law in question, nor do I support any law that discriminates against anyone, but I wish there were away to separate the politics from the games.
Feeling more and more like its time to scrap them altogether, because they are just used as a tool, not as a celebration anymore.
- British actor Stephen Fry urges IOC to relocate Sochi Games (cbc.ca)
- George Takei: It’s Time to Move the 2014 Winter Olympics Out of Sochi (towleroad.com)
- Kremlin Cannot Promise to Lift ‘Gay Propaganda Ban’ at Sochi (Kommersant, Russia) (themoderatevoice.com)