Do Fundamental Principles of Olympism clash with the image of Jacques Rogge sitting next to...?
...Chinese President Hu Jintao?
In the "Fundamental Principles of Olympism" as can be read on the official Olympic website, it states:
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 and respect for
universal fundamental ethical principles.
2. The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man,
with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity."
How can the IOC President bear to sit next to a man like that who is responsible for atrocities in Tibet and re: Falun Gong? Allowing Heads of State who've got blood on their hands to attend the opening ceremony, like George W. Bush, his father & ex-Australian Prime Minister John Howard. What a farce and a joke. It makes a mockery of the Olympic Charter IMO. Agree???
- Anonymous10 years agoFavorite Answer
When the classic Olympic Games were played in Greece, if there was a war going on there would be a temporary truce so that even the combatants and leaders of the warring parties could attend and participate. When Jacques Rogge sat beside Hu Jintao during the opening ceremonies, I thought it showed adherence to the Olympic spirit.
"Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles." These two men sitting together, I think, was a definite good example to the world. (Much better than the image of a very bored George W. Bush looking at his watch.)
Also: "The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity." The purpose is to promote a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity. Not refuse to join together until such a society actually exists. And it is a goal. You have to work toward a goal, not wait for it to be suddenly realized.
No matter how suspicious we may be of the motives of the government and the president of China, this great production at the opening of the games made millions of people reflect on the importance of harmony in the world. Anything that does that is working in a good cause. I’m hoping the message affected Hu Jintao and George Bush, at least for a little while. Perhaps it will work on them in their subconscious if nothing else.
- Anonymous10 years ago
in a word, MONEY.