The Games have always been an easy target for political protests, bitter disputes, and even acts of terrorism. The Games are no longer about sportsmanship and athletic competition, they are now about nationalism and whose country is the better country. The Olympics were "intended to unite the countries of the world through friendly competition. Unfortunately, since its founding, international feuds and disputes have found their way in to the Olympics" (Siggers 1). Early Greek Olympics were not immune to the political virus.
Although the Olympics are supposed to be a time of sports and peace between nations, political differences sometimes could get in the way. These political differences tend to ruin the Olympics as it just acts as another reason for countries to argue. The 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow was ruined when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. As a result, the U.S along with sixty-five other nations boycotted the Olympics, which led to Soviet Union boycotting the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The tensions between the U.S and Russia are still present today and were noticeable during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
During the next three Olympics: Paris in Belgium in 1920, Paris in 1924, and Amsterdam in 1928 the Germans were not ev... ... middle of paper ... ...swer because the Jewish persecutions already seemed to be headed down a horrifying road even before the games began. Yes, the Nazi's were able to fool the world during these games and make them believe they were giving Jews as much freedom as the Americans were giving African Americans. However, even if the games had not been held there that year the persecutions would have continued down the same path to the Holocaust. I do however believe that this was the worlds one chance to stop the Nazi's actions against the Jews before they really got started. A serious boycott effort by the powerful nations of the world like the United States would have been damning to the Nazi efforts who needed all the world to be there.
Hitler had written the official papers for the Olympics and wanted to make sure that Jews and Blacks could not participate in the Berlin Games. This did not go well for Hitler as The Amateur Athletic Union were planning on boycotting this decision and he later agreed to let them participate. Now, Since Hitler had a plan of peace he decided to let Helene Mayer participate on his fencing team. Mayer was known as a Misc... ... middle of paper ... ...nt for the general visitors, especially the big businessmen” Hiter had many ideas on how to take control and one idea included on hosting all of the Olympic Games for the end of time. Here is an actual quote from the conversation that Hitler had with Albert Speer in spring of 1937, “In 1940 the Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo.
The assembly of Athens further escalated the situation by placing an economic embargo on the city of Megara, which was a former ally of Athens that turned to Sparta. Sparta held an assembly with both Athens and Megara in order to determine what to do about the situation. The citizens of Sparta wanted war with Athens, but the King Archidamos did not want to recklessly jump into a war with another empire. However, war was the vote according to the Spartan assembly. Sparta then took the issue up with the Pel... ... middle of paper ... ... up a new chapter for the Greek people.
The IOC should be concerned about everyone that is participating in the making of the Games because these people are one of the reasons why they are still possible. Finally, the remaining question is if the Olympics are really beneficial for the local population who host them. It is clear that many human rights are violated and that even if the IOC told that it is involved in the fight for human rights, there is a lot of talk, but very little action. Speaking of action, back in 1967, an American organization was created and decided to fight against racism. It was called ' ' Olympic Project for Human Rights ' ' and boycotted the 1968 's Olympic Games in Mexico.
This alliance and the way it wa... ... middle of paper ... ... war it is impossible to conclude that a one specific reason was to blame due to there being many different factors involved. These include cultural differences between Sparta and Athens, the growth of Athens Empire and the disputes over Epidamnus and Potidaea. However, in my pinion I think that the growth of Athens was on e of the main underlying causes because its growth was one of Sparta’s greatest fears and it made the war inevitable. This was also the final judgement of Thucydides as he said “The Spartans voted that the treaty had been broken and that war should be declared not so much because they were influenced by the speeches of their allies as because they were afraid of the further growth of Athenian power, seeing, as they did, that already the greater part of Hellas was under the control of Athens.”
Corinth, aiding the people of Potidaea faced an embargo by Athens. Enraged by this act Sparta appealed the Athenians to end the embargo, but was ignored. Sparta conviened the peloponnesian council and Greece moved one step closer to the peloponnesian war. It could be argued that Sparta and Athens were already preparing for war with each other and that the support of their allies’ wars against each other was not a direct cause of the war but si... ... middle of paper ... ...led to a natural distrust between the two cultures. Pericles, the Athenian ruler before and during the Peloponessian war once compared the “living force of Athenian freedom with the dead hand of Spartan tyranny”.
Exploring How the Olympic Ideal Has Been Undermined by Social and Political Protest In attempting to answer the question I will cover the following points firstly defining the key terms. I will then give a brief historical overview of the issue of how the Olympic Games has been used by nations and groups to make political statements.Using examples from the Olympic games I will discuss how the Olympic ideal has been undermined by social and political protest. To conclude I will review the current issue of politics and the Olympics and where I think it will go in the future. The Olympic ideal is amateurism, playing for the love of sport not for the money. This is what De Coubertin believed the Olympics should be about, also he believed the Olympics should be used to bring countries out of war with each other and bring them together.
The biggest boycott controversy came from the United Stated at that time. Many people in the United States feared that if they boycotted that they may start a backlash in the United States and Germany. “The Olympics were intended to be an exercise in goodwill among all nations emphasizing racial equality in the area of sports competition” (The Berlin Olympics). The Nazi’s attitude toward the Olympics made many countries want to move the Games to another country. Germany’s racial policies led to the international debates to boycott the games, but the International Olympic Committee pressured the German government into saying that they would follow the rules (Berlin 1936 Olympic Games).