the Tokyo Olympics I mean
There is a thing called The Olympic Ideal which is to promote sport, culture, and education to build a better world. I wonder which advertising company came up with that not-very-catchy slogan? If ever there was anything noble about the Olympic Games it’s just gone down in a flurry of money-making, horse-trading, cheating, corruption, and grubby politics. It’s a circus, an ideological, geo-political, power-grabbing battleground where the sport is just a secondary sideshow.
The circus is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan ~ and more than 80% of the Japanese are of the opinion that the whole thing should have been scrapped. Here in England we have coverage on the BBC, except the viewing figures are in the cellar while complaints about the appalling standards of coverage have reached new heights.
Arguments and complaints among competitors, coaches, national Olympic associations, and officials are a more enthralling spectacle than the actual sports. And as for the sport, when will tiddlywinks be accepted as an official Olympic sport, because it seems that medals are available for everything else.
Just WTF are artistic swimming, beach volleyball, BMX freestyle, rhythmic gymnastics, surfing, and FFS golf doing as Olympic sports. And these are all ‘professional sports’. If you ask me, the Olympics lost its way in 1986 when professionals were first allowed to compete.
It’s all about the TV rights and advertising.
track cycling is an Olympic sport, but not proper road racing