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(Yahoo)   "Take all the worst tendencies of the NCAA, add the most corrupt parts of governmental graft, add a healthy dose of Kardashian-level arrogance, quadruple everything and you get a fraction of this organization"   (sports.yahoo.com) divider line 11
    More: Obvious, NCAA, Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge, Kim Kardashian, Obama, President Obama, Billie Jean King, gay athletes  
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2014-02-06 09:28:38 AM  
5 votes:
With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.
2014-02-06 09:39:00 AM  
3 votes:

sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.


static.guim.co.uk
2014-02-06 02:57:26 PM  
1 votes:

Nana's Vibrator: Chronomorte: It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.


There was absolutely no point and there were no references to anything to help make his point.  I think he hates the IOC for certain reasons, but then takes his hate and points it at this statement:
Please understand what our responsibilities are and what your responsibilities are," Bach said. "Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful, direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes. People have a very good understanding of what it really means to single out the Olympic Games to make an ostentatious gesture which allegedly costs nothing but produces international headlines."

On this point, I 100% agree with Bach.  Olympics should be a peaceful, nonpolitical competition where athletes display to the world that citizens from everywhere are very much alike despite our politicians and their agenda / propaganda.

This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.


It's not "politics."  "Politics" implies two or more (semi) legitimate sides and a (semi) legitimate debate on issues.  This is rights.

Maybe, just maybe, using a world stage to shame Russia's horrible treatment of gay people could help turn around what's going on in other parts of the world.  Such as a whole bunch of countries in Africa where gays are being killed.

This is a bigger deal than disagreeing with Russia.  We have a moral farking duty here, and it's one of those super rare issues where the other side is only evil and that's that.

Similarly, it pisses me off to hear about people who support gay rights but don't think social issues are that big a deal compared to whatever fiscal stance they have.  While the world's sick of America on all sorts of geopolitical fronts, we're still pretty liked culturally.  We could be making more of a difference just by showing some more public support.
2014-02-06 12:13:23 PM  
1 votes:
This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.


Would like a word:
static.guim.co.uk
2014-02-06 12:07:00 PM  
1 votes:

CygnusDarius: mainstreet62: H31N0US: I'll be boycotting the olympics this year.

Then again I never watch them anyway. Not because I don't like international discourse, but because I think the olympics are stupid.

I find most of the sports interesting for like, 5 minutes, then I flip the channel.

Hockey is the best part of the Olympics by far. I'll watch those games.

What are you, a Canadian?.


Better, I'm American. ;-)

Seriously, though, what else can a casual viewer watch for more than 5 minutes and not get bored? Hockey and maybe short track speed skating. Maybe figure skating, if you're into that.

I don't know. I'm trying to be objective about how exciting individual sports are. Maybe I'm wrong.

/shrug
2014-02-06 12:01:42 PM  
1 votes:

Nana's Vibrator: Chronomorte: It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.


There was absolutely no point and there were no references to anything to help make his point.  I think he hates the IOC for certain reasons, but then takes his hate and points it at this statement:
Please understand what our responsibilities are and what your responsibilities are," Bach said. "Have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful, direct political dialogue and not on the backs of the athletes. People have a very good understanding of what it really means to single out the Olympic Games to make an ostentatious gesture which allegedly costs nothing but produces international headlines."

On this point, I 100% agree with Bach.  Olympics should be a peaceful, nonpolitical competition where athletes display to the world that citizens from everywhere are very much alike despite our politicians and their agenda / propaganda.

This is not to say the IOC isn't corrupt and that human equality is not an issue in many places, Russia and the US included.  But the platform for engaging in social and economic politics is on a political stage.  The olympics are a platform for diplomacy.    And politicians should be thankful for diplomatic displays like the Olympics that allow political communication lines to remain open and mutual rather than combative.

Anyways, the author is wrong and doesn't make his point well.


If you're doing to be a dumbass, at least learn how to read first.

All while they scold, politicians and politics? The truth is this entire enterprise's popularity was built on the back of heated nationalism, political battles and even rivalries formed from outright wars. Jesse Owens in Berlin. USA-Russia hockey. So on and so on. You can never separate the politics from the Games.

His point is literally right there. The games is built on politics. To say that politics has no place is not only dishonest, but flat out incorrect. The author did a great job in this take down piece.
2014-02-06 11:03:38 AM  
1 votes:

EyeballKid: sand_in_my_vagoo: With a quote like that I knew it had to be either the IOC or FIFA. Both of those organizations are corrupt on a level US politicians can only dream of.

And yet, none of this was heard in Utah for some reason when they hosted the Winter Games. But, what corruption can be found in Utah?


Wat? So the major corruption scandal that resulted in multiple IOC expulsions/sanctions and the countless articles written about it counts as nothing. Got it.
2014-02-06 10:54:43 AM  
1 votes:
...activist Billie Jean King. (On Wednesday, King announced she would not attend the Games to care for her ailing mother.)

What a biatch. If my ailing mother was at the Olympics, and I was gay< i'd still go to Sochi to care for her...
2014-02-06 10:03:14 AM  
1 votes:
My "silver lining" for these games is that if it really turns into the catastrophe that we all think it will, it may finally "break" the IOC, as multiple international investigations are launched into "why did the ski jump collapse mid competition, on live TV, injuring 3 athletes and 32 spectators?" You can be damn sure the US would investigate if something like that happened, and I feel that if you just poke it, the whole house of cards will collapse.

That's my hope. I know it won't happen, but a man can dream.
2014-02-06 09:37:41 AM  
1 votes:
"What is the IOC, Alex?"
2014-02-06 09:33:18 AM  
1 votes:
It seems that the writer of that article took offense at something the
IOC leader (and Fencing enthusiast) said and vigorously defended the
US and US executive branch from the apparent insult.  There might
have been a story in there under all that opinion and defensiveness,
but I'm not sure.
 
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