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The Olympic Games: A Battlefield of Politics and Sports

The Olympic Games: A Battlefield of Politics and Sports

Sport: An Extension of Diplomacy

Written by René Zittlau via

A Historical Overview of the Olympic Ideals and Their Current State

The International Olympic Committee, established on June 23, 1894, in Paris, France, was founded on the principles of promoting a peaceful society dedicated to the preservation of human dignity through sport. The Olympic Charter clearly states that any form of discrimination against a country or person based on race, religion, politics, gender, or any other reason is incompatible with membership in the Olympic Movement. However, a closer examination of the history of international sport reveals numerous instances where these principles have been undermined, often due to political motivations. This article takes a look back at the roots of the Olympic idea and how it has evolved over time, focusing on the current state of the Olympic movement and its reflection of world politics.

The Founding Principles of the Olympic Movement

Baron Pierre de Coubertin's Vision

Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic movement, envisioned the Olympics as a platform for the youth of the world to meet regularly for fair sporting competition. He believed that this would reduce feelings of hatred and ignorance and prevent wars. However, the current state of the Olympic movement shows a stark contrast between Coubertin's original vision and today's reality.

The Olympic Movement Today

Reflecting World Politics

The original idea of international sport was to create a platform for mutual understanding and good neighborly relations through sports diplomacy. However, the behavior of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA, and other international sports federations today reveals a lot about the state of diplomacy and the world at large.

Politics and the Olympics: A Historical Perspective

The 1936 Olympics in Berlin

The 1936 Olympics in Berlin, where participants saluted the German leader with the German salute in accordance with the IOC statutes, serves as a stark reminder of how politics can infiltrate the Olympics.

The 2024 Olympics in Paris

Concerns and Predictions

The upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris raises concerns about potential political interference. The Mayor of Paris has already stated that she hopes that Russian athletes will not be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris, even under a neutral flag.

Political Influence on the Olympics

The Ban on Russian and Belarusian Athletes

Following the start of hostilities in Ukraine, the IOC, under the influence of Western politics, banned Russian and Belarusian athletes from participating in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. However, this decision has been met with resistance from several National Olympic Committees (NOCs), revealing the deep rifts in international sport.

Conditions for Participation in the 2024 Olympics

The IOC's Stance

The IOC has set certain conditions for Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2024 Olympics. These conditions, including the requirement for athletes to distance themselves from Russian politics, have been criticized for their political motivations and potential violation of the Olympic Charter.

The Role of the International Amateur Boxing Association (IBA)

Defying the IOC's Dictates

The International Amateur Boxing Association (IBA), under the leadership of Umar Kremlev, has refused to comply with the IOC's sanctions against Russia and Belarus. This defiance led to the IOC withdrawing its recognition of the IBA, highlighting the political tensions within the Olympic movement.


The Intersection of Sport and Politics

Sport and politics have always been intertwined, and the Olympic movement is no exception. Despite the challenges and controversies, sport continues to play a crucial role in promoting peace and unity. As Bernd Stange, a former soccer coach, once said, "Football is peace, has a message and can achieve more than years of diplomacy." What are your thoughts on the intersection of sport and politics, especially in the context of the Olympic movement? Share this article with your friends and let's continue the conversation. Don't forget to sign up for the Daily Briefing, every day at 6pm.

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