Political Demonstrations And The Olympics Essays

1679 Words May 29th, 2015 7 Pages
The Olympics have been riddled with political protests and violence ever since their creation in 1898. Consistent racial, political, and religious protests occur at the games and hinder the competition. The United States has even gone as far as boycotting the 1980 games in Moscow. In 1984 the Soviet Union boycotted the games in LA. In the 1972 Munich games 11 Israeli athletes were kidnapped and slaughtered just because of their religion. In the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood up and did the black power salute instead of singing the national anthem. The political, religious and racial actions committed at the games were ultimately ineffective and the Olympics were not the time or the place to do such disruptive things. Political demonstrations should not take place at the Olympics because they prohibit athletes from competing, are not hitting their target audience and can result in danger.
The Olympics are a place for competition between rival nations and they should not be interrupted by political demonstrations. One example of the disruption in the Olympic games caused by political factors, is the boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.“Over 60 nations including West Germany and Japan boycotted the Moscow Games to protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The American-led boycott reduced the number of participating nations from 120 to 81, the lowest number since 1956” (Guardian). The Olympics were founded in 1896 with the idea of…

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