I will not be watching the opening ceremonies - a commercial spectacle that ignores the contrast between good and evil is not my idea of entertainment. I will select a few events to watch online, primarily archery and shooting, but otherwise I’m tired of the political bias shown by the IOC and by the broadcast networks.
Fifteen hours of life story on the perky female gymnast selected for her photogenic smile as “America’s Darling”, whomever might have matched that profile for this year, doesn’t interest me. Similarly, the stories on the great swimmer’s “indiscretions” (sexual and pharmaceutical) and triumphs bore me.
I’m far more impressed with these athletes and coaches from Israel’s 1972 Olympic Team:
Shot during the initial break-in
* Moshe Weinberg (wrestling coach)
* Yossef Romano (weightlifter)
Shot and killed by grenade in a helicopter
* Ze’ev Friedman (weightlifter)
* David Berger (weightlifter)
* Yakov Springer (weightlifting judge)
* Eliezer Halfin (wrestler)
Shot in the second helicopter
* Yossef Gutfreund (wrestling referee)
* Kehat Shorr (shooting coach)
* Mark Slavin (wrestler)
* Andre Spitzer (fencing coach)
* Amitzur Shapira (track coach)
If these people are not considered worthy of recognition by the organizers, if they care more about the feelings of the murders and those who celebrate this mass murder than about decent people, then their performance is not worthy of my recognition.
Thank you.I knew the parents and family of the Late Mark Slavin.
“Sports is a bridge for love, connection and relaying peace between peoples. It should not be a factor for separation and spreading racism between peoples.”
I think Nijinsky said it better: “Sports is the death of art.”