Prior to WWII there were many Olympic events that were not remotely related to sport, such as : poetry; sculpture, and even town planning. These were removed because the Olympic committee considered that the contestants probably did these things for a living and it was against the amateur spirit. It was thought then that only sport had a hope of remaining pure.
The founder of the Modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, competed in poetry.
The torch relay is not a Greek tradition, but was introduced by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics under the inspiration of Dr Goebells, Propaganda Minister and extreme racist. Why do they still do it?
An Qlympic gold medal is 98% silver by weight. After al,l we couldn’t really expect them to waste real gold on people who do so little to earn it! it would cost the IOC or host country a couple of $million to give them all real gold medals.
Australia is still disqualifying some of its best sportsmen due to concerns about professionalism.
Any competitor who is taking performance enhancing drugs, whether detected or not, is: not a competitor; did not compete; did not win anything; their medals should be removed and returned with an abject apology to those who did compete and really won them.
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