U.S. must par­tic­i­pate in Bei­jing ‘08 games

The Covington News - - Sports -

We are 113 days away from the open­ing cer­e­monies of the games of the XXIX Olympiad in Bei­jing, China.

Yet, some be­lieve that the United States and other coun­tries should boy­cott them due in part to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s stand on hu­man rights.

I say, let the United States par­tic­i­pate in the Bei­jing Games.

The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) knew what it was get­ting into when it was awarded the games to China in 2001.

Hu­man rights ac­tivists hoped that China would show the world their gov­ern­ment would com­ply on an in­ter­na­tional stage con­cern­ing their hu­man rights is­sues. How­ever, up un­til now, China has not held up its end of the bar­gain.

Ath­letes should not be pe­nal­ized for the sake of po­lit­i­cal tur­moil af­ter sac­ri­fic­ing four years of hard work to par­tic­i­pate in th­ese games.

Let us not re­peat the same mis­take af­ter for­mer pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter or­dered the U.S. Olympic team to boy­cott the games in Moscow in 1980, with the Soviet Union re­tal­i­at­ing by boy­cotting the games in Los An­gles in 1984.

It wasn’t fair for the cold war and po­lit­i­cal non­sense to keep th­ese great ath­letes at home; what a com­plete waste.

The vi­sion of Pierre de Cou­bertin, the fa­ther of the mod­ern Olympic move­ment, was to blend sports with cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion. De Cou­bertin had no in­ten­tions of draw­ing po­lit­i­cal or so­cial is­sues of any kind as a dis­tract­ing fo­cus to

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