Members of the Chinese and Dutch teams compete in the women’s mass start of the China Speed Skating Open, a test event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, on October 10. Photo: CFP
The great revolutionary Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, expressed his hope and desire for the future on March 26, 1933: “Colonialism and imperialism will disappear from the face of the earth, and they will be replaced by a era of harmony and cooperation among nations, in which discrimination in matters of color, religion and ethnicity will not exist. “
We can say that the only international event “without any discrimination of color, religion or race” is the Olympic Games.
In fact, the desire of “humanity for peace, harmony and development together” was a political requirement in itself.
The imperialist states, which claim to be masters of the world, run up against humanity’s desire for harmony and cooperation on the basis of equality with the weapon of the “boycott” of the Olympic Games.
Taking part in the Olympic Games is an incredible experience for any athlete. You may be successful in your field, but your heart will grow rich and your head will reach for the sky when you realize that you are also part of a bigger whole. Imagine that you are part of an event that unites the world now.
The Olympic Games are a natural equality
Because at the Olympic Games, we are all naturally equal. Everyone adheres to and respects the same rules, regardless of social origin, gender, race, sexual orientation or political affiliation.
Competition against each other does not prevent this. The athletes are rivals in sport, but they all live in peace and brotherhood under one roof in the Olympic Village.
The Olympic Games are an objection to the claim to “control” the world. As a non-governmental organization, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is always strictly neutral between states. The determination of the country where the Games will take place and who will participate does not constitute a political judgment concerning the host country or the participating countries, as the Olympic Games are managed by the IOC, and not by governments.
The “political game” is prohibited at the Olympic Games
The Head of State of the host country is only allowed to pronounce one sentence to officially open the games. This sentence is also written by the IOC. No politician is allowed to play a role, either during the games or even during the medal ceremonies.
The Olympic Games can only unite the whole world through sport if everyone can participate. This is why solidarity benefits all athletes around the world. It is not just an event for a few countries or a few athletes. The boycott disrupts and paralyzes this solidarity. The unifying power of games can only emerge if everyone shows respect and solidarity with one another. Otherwise, the games will become markets for performances of all kinds that do not divide and unite the world.
US President Joe Biden’s plan to impose a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics on the grounds of “human rights violations” is an arrogance against not only the host of the games, the People’s Republic of China , but the whole world. The efforts of the imperialist states to politicize and obscure the Olympic Games will not yield any results. On the contrary, it will reveal their bad intentions to world public opinion.
No profit at the Olympics, there is only support
The Olympic Games are not for profit. About 90 percent of all income is assessed by National Olympic Committees for athlete development around the world, particularly in developing countries. Proceeds from the Olympic Games benefit each of the 206 National Olympic Committees, the IOC Refugee Olympic Team and all athletes. The distribution of money also ensures universality and diversity.
Without a doubt, the Olympic Games cannot prevent wars and conflicts. Moreover, it is not the solution to all the political and social problems of our world. However, this can be an example of experiencing the beauty of a world where everyone respects the same rules and for each other.
Under the present conditions, humanity is faced with serious problems which can only be solved by acting collectively. We can only solve negative aspects such as climate change, global epidemics, increasing poverty, increasing suicides and rampant drug addiction by standing up for the common values of humanity. The Olympic Games are an important step for humanity to be able to build together its common future. Any attitude that would overshadow this joint effort is wrong and should be condemned by all parties.
Let’s hear the calls from the Beijing Winter Olympics, the world’s first “zero carbon” Olympics:
Let’s promote social progress through the winter games.
Let us create a world of harmony for all mankind by developing mutual understanding.
We are convinced that the Beijing Winter Olympics, which will testify to the level of development of China’s socialist culture, will be a shining example of the rising Asian civilization. We believe brotherhood records will be broken at the Beijing Winter Olympics. We send our greetings, love and best wishes to the athletes of all participating countries.
We wish the Beijing Winter Olympics good luck.
The common values of humanity will prevail!
The author is president of the Turkish-Chinese Association for Business Development and Friendship. [email protected]