U.S. must participate in Beijing ‘08 games
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