Laguna Beach, CA
The Olympics signify
nations. If we ignore
the atrocities of
some, the whole
ritual is a farce.
have a place at
the Olympics? PHOTODISC
always been a political tool as well as
a sporting event.
THE RECENT CALL by some countries to boycott the
2008 Olympics in China again serves notice that the
Olympics serve not only as an arena where the best
athletes in the world compete, but also as a place where
international politics collide.
Those who believe that politics should be kept out
of the Olympics remind us that one of the goals of the
games is for nations to put their squabbles aside and show
respect and tolerance through sport. They add that it’s a
disgrace to put a political damper on the Olympic Games,
because too many athletes have been training all their lives
for these events and too many families have sacrificed.
Others believe the Olympics is a natural venue for
nonviolent political protest. The games are used to
promote democracy and human rights around the world,
so what better place to raise awareness of human-rights
infringements and other injustices? What do you think?
LOR Y WILLIAMS
Tinley Park, IL
Injustices in other countries need to be brought
to the world’s attention,
as they’re not being
adequately covered by
Some people want to
hijack the games for
their own reason. Let
people come together
and have fun, because
that’s what the games
are all about.
Politics don’t belong at
the Olympics any more
than a sporting event
belongs at a world
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