Thursday, August 02, 2012

Olympian Change in the Wind?

If you get a chance, have a gander at this commentary from Reason Magazine. It examines the ambivalence in London and in much of the Western world toward the 2012 Olympic Summer games.

The main thought seems to be that the absence of Cold War rivalries has played a role into this, along with a decline in "national pride," which is seen increasingly as unseemly in some circles. Economics also plays a role because of the current funding model for the Games. They often leave the host city/country deep in debt.

It's kind of sad, really. I believe in a healthy nationalism in terms of pride in one's nation and national sovereignty. But I can also see that the Games have really become more political than the founders intended. 1936 was an ugly example of this, and a few Olympiads in subsequent years also demonstrated it. Who can forget the vicious, evil, grisly murders of the Israeli Olympic team in 1972 by Palestinian terrorist thugs? (Murders still celebrated, I might add, in Palestinian and some Muslim circles)

If the Games are to return to their original intent and recapture some enthusiasm, some reform will definitely be needed. Things can't go on as they have been.

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