Like every other well intentioned mankind endeavor the Olympics has turned into a bureaucratic mess of scandals and controversies, full of corruption and ridiculous decisions.
Olympism refers to the philosophy set forth through the values and ideals stated in the Fundamental Principles of Olympism as outlined in the Olympic Charter, particularly in Principles 1, 2, 4 & 6.
1. Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.
4. The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practising sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.
6. The enjoyment of the rights and freedoms set forth in this Olympic Charter shall be secured without discrimination of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
My thoughts? Brazil was a terrible decision made without any forethought or analysis of the consequences but as for the Olympics in general.
Well when you get to the point of athletic development where hundredth's, even thousandths of a sec determine the winner (I don't know, but I'll bet that's less than the the margin of error for determining a time) what is the sense in it? Is that really determining who won? It's a statistical tie in my book, but they have to have a metal winner!
The whole thing is a lesson in how far humans will go to further their respective self interests at the expense of what started as a noble endeavor meant to transcend divisions of race, religion and culture world wide.