Monday, April 14, 2008

Those controversial summer games

I'll admit that I've never actually seen controversy surrounding the Olympic games. I've heard that we boycotted the 1980 games in The Soviet Union and they, in turn, boycotted the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles but those don't really register on my radar.

This year, though, I'm finally seeing some actual controversy regarding the Olympics.

My first question is why were the Olympics rewarded to a country that can barely feed its own residents? Why were the Olympic games awarded to a country that is widely regarded as being the most filthy (in a number of ways) in the entire world? Shouldn't the Olympic games set a standard for countries around the world?

They are supposed to be a beacon of peace in the world. The games should represent the best a country has to offer -- both from the representative countries and the hosting country. The host country, complete with rivers running in a rainbow of colors with pollutants, shouldn't have to essentially shut down for weeks in advance of the games so the athletes can breathe and spectators won't vomit in disgust that people actually live that way. For those reasons, China should be ashamed (although I'm not sure if the Chinese language has a word for shame)

Suddenly, with that short story inthe link, I can see why the running of the Olympic torch has been marred by protests and controversy. If the host country can't make a good impression on the rest of the world without stopping contruction and closing their heavy industries a month ahead of the games, maybe the wrong decision was made. Hopefully this will be a wakeup call for the rest of the world. I, for one, don't really care about the olympics. I am not a fan of synchronized swimming. Have at it athletes, I just hope you packed some asthma medication.

5 comments:

Beth said...

And China "promised" the IOC that they'd make improvements re: their human rights policy. (And then Tibet...)
I've been shaking my head in wonder and amazement since the day China was awarded the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Sornie said...

China getting the Olympics tends to level the playing field. What's next. Cuba?

VE said...

But think of all the new sports.

Tank slalom
Leaded Toy toss
Tibetan target shooting

The Future Was Yesterday said...

There was also considerable controversy in the incidents you addressed at the outset.

"Why were the Olympic games awarded to a country that is widely regarded as being the most filthy (in a number of ways) in the entire world? Shouldn't the Olympic games set a standard for countries around the world?"

SHOULD, but: "Olympics" have taken on all the credibility of "Student Athletics" in college sports.

There's these frivolous little things called the NCAA and the Olympic organizing committee.

That committee would allow the Olympics to be hosted in hell, provided it made the high bid. It's all about money, and China has a whole damn lot of it!

Hammer said...

I'm all for a boycott China is not not what the olympics are about.