Some statistics: The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. Almost all the hungry people, 852 million, live in developing countries, representing 15 percent of the population of developing counties. There are 16 million people undernourished in developed countries (FAO 2012). (http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm)
Juliet Johnson, a professor of political science at McGill University in Montreal says the Games “have very much become Vladimir Putin’s personal project, and as such he has staked his international reputation on delivering an impressive, safe Olympic games that showcase Russian athletes and Russian culture.”
What makes me wonder is how has the notion of the Olympics become so bastardized and how has the notion of competition for the sake of competition become so perverted that it has to be more spectacular every year? More importantly, don’t the athletes (presumably bright) mostly-young women and men realize they’re buying into this political morass hook, line & sinker and by their participation are endorsing the back story here? Or, are they so caught up in the possibility of personal riches if they win gold that they’ve already cemented their deal with the devil?
Sport has become a new deity in this world and the Olympics have become the modern day altar of Olympus. I can only imagine that Zeus must be shedding genuine tears.