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February 15, 2013

More Olympic Perfidy (Still More)

Filed under: Politics,Sports — Steve Ruis @ 9:32 am
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I have problems with the management of the Olympic Games. I fully understand that they are a private corporation that operates to make money. I have no problem with that.

I do have problems with how they operate. For example, all decisions are made by secret ballot. Why the need for secrecy, other than the hide the corruption that is so clearly part of their goings on? I would like to see all votes made part of the public record, so that each country could see what their representatives are doing, just like we do in our legislatures. Each delegate should be required to defend his/her voting record and explain it, too.

And, I find their decision to add sports like golf and drop sports like wrestling completely baffling. Wrestling was in all of the ancient Olympic Games and every iteration of the Modern Games, too. It almost personifies the Olympic Games, much more so than swimming, for example. Is not the Olympic credo: Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) and doesn’t wrestling embody all of those?

I happen to like the idea put forth that the Olympic Games shouldn’t include any sport in which Olympic gold doesn’t signify the highest accomplishment in that sport, which means, no baseball (World Series is a bigger win), no Rugby or Soccer (World Cups), no Tennis, and no Golf.

The greatest pleasure of the Olympic Games is seeing all of the sports one doesn’t see every year, year in, year out. Otherwise, soon there will be a call for NASCAR in the Olympics.



  1. I can only imagine the corrupt payments made for Rio to win the 2016 nod.


    Comment by john zande — February 15, 2013 @ 11:20 am | Reply

    • Yeah, I was a part of that. The process was open, open, open, then closed (secret ballot). And Chicago didn’t get anywhere near the number of votes that delegates promised. Chicago expect to come in second rather than last, so no big loss, but many thought that Rio had the weakest bid, but then the new criterion (opening up a new continent) came into play.

      One can see why public service position hires are so process bound, otherwise corruption grows rapidly.


      Comment by stephenpruis — February 15, 2013 @ 11:44 am | Reply

      • Rio runs a real risk of being a total disaster. Emotionally speaking Brazilians are not up to the criticism that’s going to be coming their way. The 2014 World Cup might, just might, be a healthy dress rehearsal… but that remains to be seen.


        Comment by john zande — February 15, 2013 @ 11:49 am | Reply

        • I bear Rio no ill will, it wasn’t their process. I wish them luck, but luck doesn’t work for these things.

          I suggested to the IOC that the Olymoics be turned into a real world sport festival with countries around the world hosting the vents they care for the most. Korea host archery (or maybe France), Bulgaria hosts wrestly, Russia weightlifting, etc. and one host committee for the Opening and Closing ceremonies and track and field.

          Each host country would be responsible for their own venues of course. The only people put out might be spectators who don’t necessarily get to see many events live (unless they own a private jet). Television brings the whole thing together. In this manner, the host country isn’t looking to bankrupt itself trying to do everything and the countries that really, really love a sport, get to show how much they care about it.

          Just an idea, mind you.


          Comment by stephenpruis — February 15, 2013 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

          • That, sir, is a BRILLIANT idea!


            Comment by john zande — February 15, 2013 @ 1:33 pm | Reply

            • Lordy, lordy, bless me, there you go turnin; mah head again! (flap, flap … sound of my fan being worked hard)



              Comment by stephenpruis — February 15, 2013 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

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