Monday, May 16, 2016

The Olympic Games - Yes or No

("Should Brazil Postpone the Olympics?")

We turned a blind eye to the atrocities in Berlin, the repression in Sochi. We allowed Beijing to host these games notwithstanding its human rights violations. Even deaths at the hands of terrorists were not enough to stop the proceedings in Munich.

It is beyond comprehension to believe that economic and political turmoil in Brazil will disqualify this country from acting as host to the world this summer.

But, in addition, to put the athletes at almost certain risk of illness in the polluted waters, as well as exposure to the Zika virus (notwithstanding the fact that it will clearly reach far beyond Brazil whether or not the Olympics is held), raises a serious question for immediate consideration.

Few athletes will raise objections, as their life's work will outweigh all other considerations. If history dictates, the show will go on.

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