Sport and Tradition – Leave the Politics Out

The images I have been seeing on the news lately have been enraging me. There is just no excuse to protest the Olympic Torch run. It is an honoured tradition. The Olympics are supposed to be about the sport. Do the people protesting realize the damage they are doing to our athletes?

Athletes work hard for years and years to be able to go to the Olympics. Who cares where the games are being held? All this talk and protesting takes away from the beauty, grace, and style of the games. The games should be free of politics.

I know that there are some serious issues in regards to China that deserve to have attention called to them, but this is not the way to do it. We can’t expect China to change overnight because of something as simple as sport. It isn’t going to happen.

The news was running stories about protesting the games by not attending the opening ceremonies. That is utterly pointless. And you wouldn’t be protesting human rights issues, you’d be taking away from the games.

There are better ways to protest and send a message to China. We should do it with our trade agreements. If you feel really strongly about this, don’t assault the torch relay runners, just stop buying products manufactured in China. That will send a better message and it will be directed to the people who are in a position to do something about it. It will affect the right people and not our athletes.