I’m a former coach. Not a great coach mind you, but a coach. I understand the dedication, discipline and effort it takes for an Olympic-caliber athlete to reach the pinnacle of his or her sport. Even just getting to the Olympics is an extremely challenging task.
Politics shouldn’t be part of the games, but we live in a political world. I’m sure we’d like to think the ancient Greeks didn’t allow anything but sportsmanship at the Olympics, but the truth is that they were very political beings, and many Olympic decisions were probably strongly colored by politics as well.
China is a nation with great potential. The Chinese people I know and the people of China in general are good people, with good ethics, desires and many talents. But the government of China is despicable.
I am going to boycott the Olympics. If enough people boycott the Olympics, the ratings will drop and the Chinese will notice, because they are very concerned about perception.
I urge you to turn off the Olympics this year. Read a book, go outside and play with your kids, garden or walk the dog. Do anything but watch the Olympics.
Brian K. Kegerreis