The Olympics in Corrupt Countries

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The Olympic games are not solely for sports. While the Olympics does showcase the world’s finest athletes in the largest sporting event to occur every four years, the Games also represent the politics, economy, and people of each nation. Every hosting country is expected to put its “best foot forward” in hopes it can make a good impression on the thousands of eyes watching (Politics always an issue). With this comes the question of which countries should be allowed to host said Olympic games. Countries that are developing come across as being corrupt and/or not suitable to host the Games. However, the consequences of hosting the Games cannot be predicted – there can be positive or negative outcomes for countries regardless of political or social stance (Stump and Kim).
Opposing views on holding the Olympics in lesser nations include the potential harm that visitors and athletes could endure whilst in the country. The athlete may be discriminated if he or she is gay depending on the country’s views, if he or she shows religious ties or is a Jew or anti-Nazi, or if he or she is affiliated with any race or nation the hosting country opposes. Therefore human rights are greatly shown and debated during this event (Hoberman, 24). Also, the Olympics can be seen as a waste of money – money that should be used for education and health is spent on new architecture and even manmade mountains, as seen in Sochi, Russia (Hosting Olympics). Because of this waste of money, the hosting country can fall into an economic depression, as seen in Greece after hosting the Games in Athens (Stump and Kim). This shows that holding the Olympics in developing or in corrupt countries could be a risk towards those visiting the country and towar...

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