The Way to World Peace

The Olympics!

I spent a lot of time the past two weeks watching the summer Olympics. Unfortunately, the reason for that was hours spent with my wonderful mother-in-law as she approached her death, first in a hospital and then in a hospice.  There was a family member or several with her 24 hours a day, and lots of time spent with the TV tuned to the Olympics with the sound turned off.  There was also a lot of time at home waiting for the next shoe to drop, with the TV sound turned on.

There were so many feel-good moments and stories with the Olympics, mixed in with the random example of bad behavior or a petulant statement.  Dorine passed away peacefully, and this week, as we begin to put our lives back to the “normal” setting, I miss setting the TV for several hours of coverage a day.

Then came the idea. The Olympics should not be held every four years. The Olympics should be held FOR four years.

One of the biggest challenges facing whichever city wants to host the Olympics is the enormous cost, and most recent Olympiads have left the host city with an enormous debt and fine facilities that in some cases have been allowed to wither away to rot.

What if… what if…

Rio held the Olympics from 2016 to 2020, and then handed off to Tokyo for 2020 to 2024?  And so on…

First of all, you would be able to allow all sorts of sports never seen in the Olympics, many of which would be a great TV and global tourist draw.  Have you ever seen “tossing the caber?” Fascinating.  Rodeos are held all over the world – how about one with national teams? Rock climbing, drag racing, obstacle runs, canoe racing, softball, skeet, motorcycle trials, surfing, and on and on.  Same with so-called “winter” sports. You can rapidly fill an entire page of notes with potential events.

Some of the usual events, such as swimming and track, could be spread out over months. The sprints one month, then diving two months later, the field events, water polo, etc.

For the host city, you would have four years of tourist influx as people all over the globe fly in to witness “their” sport.  The massive infrastructure costs would thus be spread out and the overall positive economic impact multiplied several times.

Most nations now have some sort of training facility for their Olympic teams. It would be fairly easy to make them all operational 12 months a year.

For the IOC, TV broadcasting rights could be marketed in two week or one month chunks to major networks, or the IOC could form its own “Olympics” network offering current sports events, re-runs or previous events, highlights, analysis, etc. Sort of an ESPN but focused on the Olympics. Every day. All day.

I believe the way to dissolve prejudice and hatred of others and all sorts of bias is to watch all the citizens of the world compete in competition. Even the spiteful words of a Hope Solo or the idiotic behavior of a Ryan Lochte can create a positive outcome from the backlash. The human interest stories and the many examples of sportsmanship that vastly outnumber the negatives would resonate around the world in a continuous and positive torrent.  Small countries would have more of an occasion to celebrate their successes, as the medal domination of the United States would be diluted by both time and the addition of several dozen new events, some of which are almost unknown in this country.

Enough of this every four years stuff. Let’s make the Olympics permanent.

 

 

Copyright 2016                      David Preston

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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One Response to The Way to World Peace

  1. Hmmm… I think you forget about the logistics of maintaining a team presence and the costs associated in this endeavor… Some of those athletes pay their own way… It is probably better to design and build facilities that can deconstruct easily and inexpensively or repurpose the facilities, etc, for other uses… Or, just let them rot… Rich countries will prevail… It is all about expectations and a competitive spirit in the zealots that vey for the opportunity to host the games… We could just pick an Island and call it “Olympia” and every four-years hold the games there… I think we have evolved from the fundamental intent of the competition…

    We already have World Cup, Super Bowl, Major League Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Boxing, Basketball, BMX, etc, etc, etc… We have enough international competitive sporting events at our fingertips, even in Motorsports, to gag on… If you used your DVR (if you have one) to record and the right cable package that gave you access to the events, you probably could watch every event that took place during the games… If you have the right cable package, you can get your fill of Celtic throwing events… or maybe we should bring Darts to the games as well… quite fascinating…

    The rich countries have athletes that are professionals in their sports, which is quite a variety of disciplines… Are you saying that for some reason there would be more sportsmanship? The nature of competitive sports, is that, there is a winner and a loser… somewhere in the competition there may exist some common respect and courtesy, but this exists at every level of sports, professional or amateur…
    What would I be buying…?
    Maybe you like the opening and closing ceremonies?

    BTW… If you saw the ceremonies you would have noticed the kinetic sculpture that was the Olympic Cauldron designed and made by a local artist Anthony Howe… you must see his kinetic masterpieces in action: http://www.howeart.net
    Click on his Work and then when you see a photo image click on that to see the piece in action

    –Pat

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