"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
I wish to add that sports and politics should not mix, if possible. Just like religion should be separate from the judiciary. Race, politics and religion are divisive and potent and we all know we cannot be absolutely similar even among siblings. Fighting and insult throwing will not change the hardcore and will antagonise the fence sitters. To change a culture or common way of thinking, I think education is the best way forward. (OK, I am an idealist. )
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“And it was most important to do what one knew was right, for otherwise the day might come when one could no longer tell the difference between right and wrong.” ― Anne Holm, I Am David
Both the 1980 and 1984 summer Olympics were boycotted. Only 16 countries sent athletes to the 1980 olympics which were held in Moscow and they marched into the arena without their country's flags. The 1980 summer Olympics in Los Angeles was boycotted by the Soviet Union and some other communist countries.
After both World Wars, the losing countries were not even invited to take part in the Olympics.
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It was 3 summer games in a row that were boycotted - the first was a boycott by mainly African countries of Montreal in 1976. The issue there wasn't Canada, but related to New Zealand playing rugby with South Africa. It did have a significant impact on the Olympics, though, and probably encouraged the boycott of Moscow four years later.
It's one thing if Russia just didn't allow gay marriage. The US itself is still figuring that out. But gay people have problems even just living day to day there. And LGBTQ oppression isn't even the only human rights issue in Russia.
Of course, I agree that the IOC likely doesn't care - short of genocide.
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^^ Thanks Skittl1321.
I would have been here sooner, but the bus kept stopping for other people to get on it. - Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Forget human rights, the IOC and FIFA wouldn't even stand up to China when Chinese citizens were caught secretly videotaping the Danish team in their hotel room as they met to discuss strategy for a Women's World Cup match in Wuhan.
"Puccini cries out for spirals, but really good ones." ~ Dick Button, 1998 Worlds
This has nothing to do with skating and should be put in another section of the forum that deals with outside non-skating matters. jmho.
Other than Barcelona and maybe one or two other examples, all the cities hosting the Olympics failed to turn the games into long-term development and just managed to bankrupt themselves.
It will be interesting to see how London fares. It's something they've apparently put a lot of thought and planning into.