The Olympics are inspirational
Re: Here’s why we’re losing interest in the Olympics, Feb. 10.
Shannon Gormley and I have something in common: She states she is “bad at sports,” and so am I. However, like many others, I am certainly not “losing interest” in the Winter Olympic Games.
What attracts people like me is the determination, perseverance and dedication shown by these athletes, their families and communities, whether they win or not. It matters little which country they represent. What does matter is the skill and courage with which they all compete.
I agree that political interference, drug-taking, collusion among judges — all these do happen. But that’s not just at the Olympics. Professional sports are rife with all of these, as well. And not only in sports, either. One only has to look at current news to see the world as it now is — far from ideal.
To appreciate the Olympic Games is not to deny that reality, as this article implies. Such a view is not only onesided, but downright dangerous, if it turns off younger generations for whom these Games should be inspirational.
We should remember the spirit of the original Olympic Games in ancient Greece. A month before the Games, a “sacred truce” was declared so that all states at war with each other laid down their weapons to congregate at Olympia, the site of these Games. After the competition, they went back to their respective cities and resumed their conflicts. The Greeks were idealists, but realists too! And they refused to let one cancel out the other.
Nini Pal, Ottawa