The Olympic Wars 2016: a Psychological Battle in the Informational War
The Olympic Games in ancient times, when they first begun at Mt. Olympia in Greece in 776 B.C., were held without interruptions till they were abolished by the Christian Byzantine Emperor Theodosius I in 393 A.D., and they ran even in 480 B.C., during the Persian Wars. The Olympic Games in were revived and made international in 1896. However, politics started influencing the universal spirit of the Olympic Games when World War I and World War II caused cancellation of the Olympics in 1916, 1940 and 1944. In addition, when the Olympic Games were held right after each war had ended, the nations that lost the war were not invited to the games. At some points, like in 1980 and 1984, there was limited participation in the games due to some nations boycotting the events due to disagreements over the events in Afghanistan that occurred right before the Olympic Games of 1980. Nevertheless, no major nation was banned from participating in the Olympic Games for issues of disqualification of a few individual competitors, even on the grounds of taking performance-enhancing drugs or a painkiller… Not until now, at least.
The way that politics keeps interfering in the into the spirit of Olympic comradery and internationalism could be seen during the beginning of the Olympic Games of 2008, when Georgia attacked people of South Ossetia (after Georgian troops were trained by the U.S. Army), while the eyes of the world were pinned to the Olympic Games that started in Beijing that day, and also during the Olympics of 2014, when U.S. President Barack Obama boycotted the Olympic Games held in Sochi, Russia, and asked other leaders to do the same, while at the same time the nationalistic groups, backed and trained by the U.S. military, successfully overthrew the legitimate Ukrainian Government and later installed the puppet Junta “government” that later started a civil war in its own people in Donbas region. What’s different now, in 2016, is the attempt to disqualify the whole team of Russian Federation on the grounds of supposed doping found in several competitors, whose preliminary dope testing is being supposedly hindered by Russian officials. We know that in this time and age, all medal winners are being tested for the use of performance-enhancing drugs right after the competition, and a handful of Gold and Silver medalists were disqualified for this reason after the testing. Why is Russia being singled out like this months before the Summer Olympics of 2016?
In a sport that’s individual, making a whole team suffer is looking more like a punishment that was favored by the Nazi: they killed many civilian hostages for killings of a few of their soldiers, regardless of who actually killed the soldiers. In individualistic society like we have here, in the U.S., mass punishment like this would cause an uproar and a revolution. In fact, when a few black people get killed, the whole Black community rises up to fight for its own. Why is the whole Olympic Community being so complacent in this case of utter injustice that can backfire by making all other “unwanted” countries to be banned from the Olympic Games in the future on the bogus grounds of “suspected doping”?
I am questioning the fairness and impartiality of the International Olympic Committee and International Association of Athletics Federations Council and their decisions because if they make the precedence of banning a huge country like Russia, who historically has been winning nearly as many medals as China and the United States, then the international spirit of the Olympic Games will be lost forever, and the medalists will most likely be all fake. Do we want to cast the Olympic Games into another weapon of war? We already have been fighting informational wars all over Internet and Mass Media, and these wars have already ripped apart families and friendships between people across the Globe and torn apart the whole countries. We also observed how Economic Wars are made to isolate a country we don’t like, though, thank God, not all countries think alike because Economic Wars backfire big time (and fast). Please don’t start the Olympic Wars if you cannot handle the consequences like having a hot, real war with your enemy because, when all ties are broken and all bridges are burnt, going to war with a country like Russia would be a disaster of cosmic proportions!
Author: Emily Ford