From: My Mother, although my Father had some small part.
I agree with you, but for me I despise the anti whatever country demonstrations that the athletes feel they must indulge in to bring disgrace to the games. So many good athletes, but the few who destroy the meaning of bringing honor to those whom you are supposed to represent I absolutely detest . I choose not to watch anyone who brings disgrace to themselves, their team, and their country.
If you do not want to represent your country, then don't. Just don't go - in fact, find another country since the one that you are representing is so bad.
there's a huge problem in your framing here. Almost every country has people with different views as to what that country should be or should represent. These differences can stem from political alignment, ethnicity, linguistics, social class, gender, sexuaulity and I'm sure I can think of more.
so who gets to define, to the extent that you should 'find another', what is acceptable and what is not. In many cases those making protests may well disagree with whatever it is you define the 'your country' as, hopefully they do so in the full awareness that alternative views exist (and indeed should be able to co-exist?).
Well. In many (most?) countries people have the right to protest. And these athletes have the right to say what they want, and protest how much they want when they are not representing their country.
So I see no issue with saying that they do not have the right to do so during the games. Then they represent the country, and should let the representatives of the country to speak for them if any such speech is needed. Because, as you say, a country has lots of people with lots of different opinions. Either they go there and represent all of their country. Or they do not. Plenty of other competitions where they only represent themselves.
Either we forbid protests during the game, or we allow all protests. Or are we going to have a jury, or judges, there who decide what protest to allow, or not. And do all countries in the game have a say in this?
Would be interesting to see this spreading to other fields. So, Ambassador, you are protesting against your own foreign policy?
The Olympics are a non-governmental entity so the Olympic organizations are allowed to control what people do. They are allowed to set standards of conduct.
Seek peace but keep your gun handy.
I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
“Illegitemus non carborundum est (“Don’t let the bastards grind you down”).”
― Julia Child