banning countries from the Olympics

It is a vague title I know, but I wasn’t sure how to title this, uhm, sort of rant.

I know two in a row, but this annoyed me.

Countries have been banned from taking part in the Olympics in the past. One comes to mind. I will talk more about that soon.

Do the Olympics have the right to say how a country is run? no, probably not.

Does anyone have the  right to complain when something in another country is unfair?

I think so.

We are a world. There are some things that should not be ignored in another country. Some things (and the list is long) are of world concern in other countries, people should complain.

So, that being said, a while ago South Africa was banned from taking part in the Olympics because of they refused to condemn  apartheid.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit”  

Those are the International Olympics Committee’s own words, spelled out in its charter.

Nods, I think those are good words.

ok, but do they stand by them?


Saudi Arabia bans women from its Olympic team


“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit”  

Is the Saudi team, then banned from taking part at the Olympics?

seems not.

The South African team was barred for 28 years.

So what is going on now? How is this not the same? Is the IOC just a lot of talk now?

or are they a part of the problem. Maybe women are not individuals?

stay at home and cook dinner?


They drag their feet a lot, the IOC. 

They wouldn’t allow women’s ski jumping in the 2010 Olympics. How was that fair? It will be added to the 2014 Olympics though.

*shows you my angry face*

The world is a community, all should be equal. Stop living in the past, it was corrupted.

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit”  


Now, when the Olympics start, you can watch them with people from around the world in a chat room, and discuss them, that could be quite fun, watching the teams compete and talking with people from other countries. Adult Chat is not has a lot of themes. There are a lot that involve just enjoying the company of others, and you seldom know they are from around the world. pssst, it is because we are all the same.


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I am a Practitioner, teacher and student. I think we should always be students, we should keep our minds open, to continue to learn. :-) Now a mother of two little ones.

2 responses »

  1. (Amber … please read … and delete if I am out of line … I do not mean to soapbox so … but your blog rant lead me to mine.)

    Olympic/Sports rant of my own:

    I admit I am not quite a sport person. One reason is that instead of bringing people together as is often cited (ie ~ teaches our children sportsmanship and team work) … I believe it does the opposite.

    It pits one person against another.
    This team against that team.
    My country vs. your county.

    (Sorry, I am unfairly using your blog rant to add my own!)

    The Olympics is a good example. What seemingly started out with the notion of bringing people together worldwide to compete … in an atmosphere where political/religious/economic beliefs and status were not at the forefront, has turned into what every major sporting event has also become.

    Commercialism and competitiveness at a level that stuns me. Endorsements. Medal counts. The razing of towns and cities at the expense of the poor, in the name of a “greater” economy.

    There is a difference in being patriotic vs nationalistic as well. To be proud of one’s country is one of the most grand things. But when we start thinking that our country is “better” than another … because we won the gold in basketball or gymnastics … *shakes head*

    If the Olympic are about having the best athletes each country has to offer … that brings them together in the name of respect, excellence, and friendship (these 3 items being what is called the “Olympic Values of the modern Olympics) …. then I say …. put all the athletes in a giant vat, mix it up … and then choose your teams. Great athletes, competition, and minimal nationalistic sword waving.

    • Nope, everything you say is true, I think.

      I watch the Olympics with awe, I don’t care which country they are in, the beauty of the skate, the speed or strength shown in the run, toss, jump. The dedication to their craft. Being an athlete myself, I recognize what they put into their sport. I don’t like the judging, when it pits country against country, or the medias drive to do that by bragging about medals won, or we have more golds, or they judged unfairly.

      The last winter Olympics in Canada were fantastic, They really brought the country together, to cheer on our athlete’s and to enjoy all the visitors, But I cheered for all the athlete’s. It was so exciting.

      Do the best athlete’s from each country compete, no. Many of course can not afford to, or can’t devote the time required that is necessary. *nods* it is a lot of time. I know this.

      So, yes it is a media event. And countries do not compete fairly, some subsidize a lot, some not at all. Some cheat a lot.

      But at least the world comes together for a few weeks in a more peaceful manor. I try to look past all the hype and enjoy the beauty of the sports.

      *hugs* I am glad you soap boxed katie, and always feel free to do so. *nods lots*


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