OPINION: The Olympics are useless
The International Olympic Committee uses pretty lofty language to describe what the games are all about.
According to the IOC, Olympism is "a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."
But to some people the Olympic Games are associated with scandal, corruption, doping, bribery, and an exceptional waste of money.
Charles Lane is a writer with the Washington Post, and he thinks it's time we ditched the Olympics.
Over the years the Olympics have been an occasion of international conflict as often as they've been an occasion of international harmony. They've been boycotted for political reasons, they've been hosted by dictatorships. They have spawned scandals. The list goes on and on. I do not believe the Olympics have been successful in achieving their declared goals.- Charles Lane, Washington Post
Lane feels that if we just stopped holding Olympic games, people wouldn't really feel like we were missing out on all that much.
We would do pretty well without them pretty quickly. And they would be remembered as a relic of a time when people of the world thought it was meaningful to expend tremendous financial and other resources to stage a spectacle every few years, and then later on came to their senses. - Charles Lane, Washington Post