The Indifferent Games | Staff/guest columns

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The television audience for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics looked like a Joe Biden rally. That’s no surprise, as the Tokyo Summer Olympics had the worst ratings since NBC began broadcasting them in 1988.

Against the Olympic spirit, the games were politically hijacked. The Olympics lost their way after the 1972 Summer Games in Munich, West Germany, with the Israeli massacre. The governing body is corruption personified, while half of the competing nations use their doped athletes as nothing more than public relations fodder.

The latest version provided an international stage for the unholy tripartite of NBC, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). NBC is a left-wing political subdivision of the Democratic Party. The IOC followed the World Health Organization’s playbook which refused to hold the CCP accountable for the COVID pandemic by allowing it to host the games and ignore their competition rules.

American citizens Eileen Gu and those 16 Americans who played hockey for China is such a violation. Americans competing for any country other than the United States is patriotic sacrilege. Maybe they all need to live out the rest of their lives in the Middle Kingdom.

Then there is 15-year-old Russian skater Kamila Valieva, who was cleared to compete after failing a drug test. How much was the IOC bribed to award the Games to China?

China is about slave labor, authoritarian rule, which gave the world COVID-19, as they lied, covered up and blocked any investigation into the pandemic. Not to mention their repugnant disregard for human rights and international law, while being the bedrock of the Biden family fortune. This embezzlement goes against good grades.

Lousy TV, bawdy politics, cheating in events you’ve never heard of where officials judge on politics rather than athletic ability sound like a new Netflix series?

The opposite of love is not necessarily hate but indifference. Such indifference was reflected in a poll by the News-Item when nearly two-thirds said they had not watched any of the games.

Once upon a time in America, the Olympics were a must-attend event where compelling fans battled for patriotic glory like in 1980, when the American hockey team defeated the Soviets at the height of the Cold War.

Today, multimillion-dollar professional athletes and corporate sponsorships rule games that are steeped in politics and propaganda and are no longer a welcome distraction, but a blatant manifestation of them.

Without U.S. broadcast revenue and commercial investment, there is no Olympics. All of these corporate American awakenings and their media allies have rejected the ongoing ethnic genocide in China.

Also, given the different internet platforms, it is easier to watch the matches piecemeal and at your convenience. That is, if you really care. A friend who watched a few summarized the games by saying, “NBC: Nothing But Commercials.” He also said there was no truth to the US bobsled team naming their sled “Biden” because nothing had gone downhill faster. He admitted that there is only a limited amount of roller derby-like team curling, skiing and skating that can be watched and includes more than its share of political messaging.

Seeking political direction from athletes and Hollywood is like panning for gold in a dumpster. They need to stay in their lane and entertain and quit class.

Tonya Harding encouraging our Olympians to ‘break a leg’ was in bad taste but what did you expect? The most telling quote belongs to another 17-year-old Russian skater, Alexandra Trusova, who won silver saying, “I hate this sport!”

She should receive the gold for the most honest.

Why not give the next winter games to Russia which could host them in Siberia where the skiers could do their thing between the gulags. How about harboring the Mexican drug cartels? At least the body count of the cartels is lower than that of the CCP and they have more money.

It is high time for the Olympics to find a permanent site for summer and winter games where random and independent supervised drug testing is the norm.

Until then, you can continue to spell Olympics: CORRUPT

Greg Maresca is a freelance writer living in Elysburg, Northumberland County.


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