Thursday, August 26, 2004

Dear International Olympic Committee:

You're making things really tough on me.

Much like I love Canada, but, errr, dislike the Canadian government, I still love the Olympics despite your best efforts to alienate me.

So, a judoka from Iran, who also bears the Iranian flag during the Opening Ceremonies, takes the athlete's oath: "In the name of all competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules that govern them, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honor of our teams."

He then declines to compete against an Israeli, because he doesn't recognize the Zionist entity. He is warmly and enthusiastically supported by his government. But to make it official, instead of not showing up, he weighs in eleven pounds overweight.

You decline to take the Irananian ambassador to Greece's word for it that the forfeit was political, and shrug it off as "medical reasons", because here, HERE, is something that demands swift and decisive action, so as not to politicize the Olympics!

"The arrogance is unbelievable. To use the Olympic name like this, without permission ... it's just incredible," said an International Olympic Committee member, declining to be named.

Simmer...downnow. And perhaps, give some thought to the meaning of the word "arrogance". And perhaps, even, think way, way back to less than two years ago to when Iraq was banned from the Olympics because of Uday Hussein (and the reporting of SI's Don Yaeger). If there exists some credit to be apportioned for the fact that this is no longer the case, who would you suggest is entitled to be so arrogant as to claim some of it? Hint: not you guys.

Get a damn grip, and better yet, keep quiet for the next 4 days.


A guy who has no particular interest in spending his limited time sticking up for the most powerful man in the world, but who definitely has a case of SBHFS


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