22 January 2008

Why China Should Not Hold the Olympic Games

Here are a few pieces of the Olympic charter:
1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
4. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The organization, administration and management of sport must be controlled by independent sports organizations.
5. Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic Movement.
6. Belonging to the Olympic Movement requires compliance with the Olympic Charter and recognition by the IOC.


The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that granting the 2008 Olympics to Beijing would improve human rights in China. However, it seems it would make much more sense to reward China for making improvements... if they had. Because China is allowed to host the Olympics, there's no guarantee that they will improve the human rights situation afterwards. It's like telling a child that if they clean their room you'll give them a new toy, only you've already given them that toy. What makes the child want to clean their room now?

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