There are a number of valid reasons to no longer host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Russia, and to move them, say, to the city of Vancouver for February of 2015 (to give Vancouver time to prepare). But paramount among those reasons is concern for the safety of the athletes.
Russia’s threat to jail Olympic athletes, visitors and media is unprecedented in the history of the Olympics.
The Soviets didn’t threaten to jail the athletes during the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Even Hitler didn’t go that far when the Nazis hosted the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
The very fact that Russia dawdled for three weeks, when asked by the International Olympic Committee for assurances as to the safety of the athletes attending the 2014 Winter Olympics, should have given the world pause.
But for Russia to now say “game on,” and recommit to throwing Olympic athletes, guests and media in the gulag, for the supposed protection of Russia’s “children,” is beyond the Olympic pale.