Another Olympics has started. As a few of my posts will attest, and it shouldn’t come as a shock if you know me, I love sports. I think that they have provided a great amount of value to my life and would provide a similar amount to a great deal of others.
The thing that is always disheartening when sports are played on the world stage is how it shines a light on the world’s problems. For some reason when there is the backdrop of sports it seems worse to me, than the everyday news of how poorly countries and different groups treat one another.
Let’s take a look back at the past few years of international competition:
- Everything that we’re hearing about Sochi (don’t think I have to go into it).
- I will point out the athletes that are competing as independents, rather than for their country. Every time I hear about an independent athlete I think, “I hope no one tells the Quebec athletes they can do that.” Especially since we’d only have like 3 medals without Quebec at this point.
- The protesting and unrest that has been going on in Brazil leading up to the World Cup that is still a few months away.
- The last Euro Cup where there were racist and other hate group demonstrations around, and even in, the stadiums.
- Reports of corruption and shoddy infrastructure at the last Commonwealth Games in India.
- A bridge collapsed days before the games opened.
That’s all just off the top of my head and in the last few years. I don’t even want to go into things like the inner-games corruption that seems to rear its head all the time or something as serious as the 1972 Munich Massacre.
Everything above is just the things that happen at the games. There are things that happen in the real world that could make the Olympics very awkward for some people. Am I the only one who cringed when the Georgian team made their entrance?
However, the show must go on and we’re not going to stop producing the Olympics and other sporting events just because a little bit of corruption and international unrest. Maybe that’s even one of the reasons to keep going on.
Although it’s mired in the crap of the world, somehow sports manages to continue to rise above (and/or turn a blind eye) to what’s going on around it. That way every couple of years we can pretend the world is an innocent place, where one day maybe we all can get along.
Either that or it’s just another form of battle, with the victorious countries asserting dominance over the others. You can decide.