I suppose on the surface there's a lot to like about the Olympics: societies and cultures from all over the world coming together to compete peacefully in good-natured athletic competition. Young people that have trained and worked hard having their dreams come to fruition. We've seen the Philippines win their first gold medal in over a century, and some other great moments as well ("**** YEAH!" :) )
But dig a little deeper, and there's a lot to dislike. We've already seen it start to crumble on the exterior. Simone Biles, one of the world's premier athletes and winner of numerous gold medals already, had to step down due to mental health issues, who was of course preceded by Naomi Osaka in a non-Olympic tennis event for similar issues as well.
Additionally, Japan has essentially begged the IOC to not host the Olympics and the IOC essentially said "too bad". Meanwhile, Japan has a terrible vaccination rate and has been setting records day after day, with over 3000 new cases on July 28 alone, and nationwide almost 900,000 cases since the pandemic started.
It sort of makes you wonder whether or not we really need to carry on the whole charade, and I want to know what Political Gamers thinks of the Olympics, and more specifically, the International Olympic Committee.
This is definitely a political and economical organization that floats around and holds their authority, power, and influence like a cudgel over various nations, states, and cities and exerts nearly at will it seems.
It has been argued that the Olympics more or less started out by and for eugenicists to display their form of "science" and should this be abhorred by all. Additionally, there are other arguments to be made against having the Olympics, such as:
- environmental impact; spread of zika virus, water polution to the point a teaspoon of water causes illness, excessive sewage issues.
- economical impact: real estate prices skyrocket, small businesses suffer, big businesses prosper, no long-term benefit, left with buildings that no one uses.
- social impact: homelessness essentially pushed out of the city so it looks clean, anyone remotely suspicious looking arrested, no one gets to vote, oligarchs only ones that get a say.
What say you? **** the Olympics? Or is that just my being a cynical bastard?