Tora wrote:wllsp wrote:Yesterday I watched a CNN report about somewhat serious problems that organaziers of the event had in Paris. I should say that I am really impressed. People wanted to show disagreement and they came out and demonstrated it event though there were a lot of policemen guarding the flame.
What is your attitude towards it, wllsp?
Call me ignorant, but I don't feel we should mess up politics and sport.
The Olympics has always been something very magical and extremely beautiful. I believe there must be some other ways of protesting in the beginning of the 21st century, otherwise what one giant leap for mankind have we made from the barbarian times?
Athletes are mostly funded by governmental organizations. In some countries they are required to have permission from the government before they could represent their country to compete oversea. There are all kind of benefits the government would give the athletes if they bring home a gold metal. If there was no politics involved, what left is non-profit organizations and as we all know how much money they can get to feed the athletes. Or there are some private organizations left that are sponsored by wealthy businessmen. The thing is that those organizations are also involved with the government in some ways. Therefore, the government would become a third-party here. It's hard to find a sport free of politics.