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Vile is having to watch the Chinese paramilitary police sent in the guise of the ‘Sacred Flame Protection Unit’ barging and bullying their way through the streets of
Vileness, brutality and vicious thuggery are what these people have been seeking to highlight.
I do like sport, lots of it (even on the days when the results don’t go the way you want – sigh) but the Olympics seems now to have sport as only one of several objectives. The whole event has turned into a jamboree of corporate sponsorship. Although we are led to believe that sport and politics shouldn’t mix the IOC has ensured that it is politics of the highest (or perhaps lowest) order, the votes and the cash and the junkets all going hand in hand.
The whole thing makes the Premier League and the Indian Cricket Premier League look positively Corinthian in their values. It’s a waste of time and money that could be better expended on improving the human condition in a tangible and more permanent way. What real long term benefit is there in a two week festival so we can see whose steroids are working the best and leaving behind it only the rotting hulks of oversized stadia, gathering moss and cracks as its Ozymandian legacy.
World championships and Cups should be sufficient to prove who can go furthest, highest and fastest. You don’t need to bleed cities dry when many facilities already exist or are adaptable.
You don’t need to clear street vendors off the streets. You don’t need to start rounding up dissidents so no-one interrupts the row of the nodding smiling thousands dragooned into putting on a show for the world.
I’m not going to change anything but I’m not going to watch it. I’m not going to buy the sponsors products.
Not that there will be of course but I’d love it if there were a mass boycott. If the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, the Sudan, Zimbabwe and Burma (and representatives of any other petty tyranny you can bring to mind) still want to send their athletes along then good luck to them. In between races they can all sit down together on the grass and tell sad stories about revolutionary struggles. And then they wouldn’t come to
But even better there still may be time for the Parisians to take up the mantle from
I'm sure for a few youngsters inspiration might be drawn from watching sporting excellence on television. But it may serve them better to have more facilities to enable them to spend that time participating themselves.