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Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.
The goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of man, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of Human dignity.
The Olympic Movement is the concerted, organized, universal and permanent action, carried out under the supreme authority of the IOC, of all individuals and entities who are inspired by the values of Olympism. It covers the five continents. It reaches its peak with the bringing together of the world’s athletes at the great sports festival, the Olympic Games. Its symbol is five interlaced rings.
The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. The organization, administration and management of sport must be controlled by independent sports organizations.
Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic
In the early 20th century, many Olympic athletes used drugs to enhance their performance. For example, the winner of the marathon at the 1904 Games, Thomas Hicks, was given strychnine and brandy by his coach, even during the race.
It was not until the late 1960s that sports federations put a ban on doping, and the IOC followed suit in 1967. In the late 1990s, the IOC took initiative in a more organized battle against doping, leading to the formation of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in 1999.
"All sports for all people. This is surely a phrase that people will consider foolishly utopian. That prospect troubles me not at all. I have pondered and studied it at length, and know that it is correct and possible", wrote Pierre de Coubertin in 1919. The future proved him right.
By retaining all rights relating to the organisation, marketing, broadcasting and reproduction of the Olympic Games, the IOC ensures the continuity of a unique and universal event.
Advertisement regulations are still very strict, at least on the actual playing field, although "Official Olympic Sponsors" are common. Athletes are only allowed to have the names of clothing and equipment manufacturers on their outfit. The sizes of these markings are limited.
For example, the winner of the marathon at the 1904 Games, Thomas Hicks, was given strychnine and brandy by his coach, even during the race.
Olympic Charter excerpt
The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit
I liked the -- let’s see -- Iraqi soccer. I liked seeing the Afghan woman carrying the flag coming in.
while the organization claims to want drug-free competition, the image of the Games, and their ability to attract lucrative corporate sponsors, would be damaged if star athletes were eliminated from competition by positive drug tests.
“Let us export our oarsmen, our runners, our fencers into other lands. That is the true Free Trade of the future; and the day it is introduced into Europe the cause of Peace will have received a new and strong ally.”
Through this global and symbolic concept, the IOC aims to:
- raise awareness and encourage political leaders to act in favour of peace;
- establish contacts between communities in conflict;
- offer humanitarian support in countries at war
"The apartheid policy violates the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter, which governs the entire Olympic Movement and it cannot be tolerated in any form whatsoever."
By January, an IOC investigation accused 13 Olympic officials of accepting bribes from Salt Lake City organizers. At least four IOC members were forced to resign, and the IOC said it would change the way it selected host cities.
Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race, religion, politics, gender or otherwise is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.
Anti-nationalism is the idea that nationalism is dangerous and leads to conflict and war. [and] ..the idea..must reject...jingoism [patriotism].
Beijing's decision to back ratification of the covenant on economic, social and cultural rights may be a first step toward respecting international human-rights standards. The covenant lays down basic standards for health care, education and the alleviation of poverty.
China released a former prominent student leader from the 1989 student protests who was sentenced to two and a half years in a forced labor camp, a human rights group said Wednesday.
The father of the Modern Olympics believed in nations for good reason
Any form of discrimination with regard to a country or a person on grounds of race,...politics, ...is incompatible with belonging to the Olympic movement.
A very tought debate, I struggled with this one. Both sides presented their side of the debate extremely well, both of a high standard. However I feel Blackjackal just about had the upper hand. Well done.
Another GREAT debate!
I congratulate both debators on their arguments, presentations, and most of all, their efforts. This is another excellent debate that could go either way. They both did such outstanding job in this one. Unfortunately, only one will be chosen to move to the next phase...sad really, but my vote goes to Jamuhn. His argument seemingly be presented in a more convincing manner. Neither should be disappointed in their efferts, and both should hold their heads high. This debate, despite who wins, further gives an indication of the great intellectual members that ATS has garnered into its community. Both are fine example's. My congratulations and 'thank you' to both Jamuhn and BlackJackal for this great debate!
It has to be hard to argue against something as grand and revered as the Olympics, but BlackJackal managed to pull it off. I never realized how much negative history goes along with the Olympics, something I once thought of to be, as Jamuhn tried to state, for the goodness and unity of the human race. Good job to you both!
The "Olympic" debate by BlackJackal and Jamuhn was an outstanding debate between two closely matched competitors.
Congratulations to you both for a well argued debate, alas I have to pick a winner although I feel both of you are winners here.
As an idealist I was drawn to Jahmuhn's argument and in particular the closing statement finally swung me to a decision in Jamuhn's favor.
Once again, a pleasure to see two able fighters provide us with an informative and respectful debate, thank you. I felt that Jamuhn made an excellent argument, but just didn’t sell me on his view. In my opinion, BlackJackal took control of the debate and handled the subject very well.
Both debators were very good. The result of this that there was no real problem with interpreting the topic. Both used references well and had a good structure in and between their posts. I often found myself agreeing with the side I was reading at that moment, only to agree with the other side in the next post.
I agree with Jamuhn on the arguments of internationalism and against questionable sites and politics. I don't think the actions of certain nations during the olympics has a large influence on the Olympic dream in general.
BlackJackal has the arguments of commercialization and doping. I understand Jamuhn's point that the Olympics have to be paid for as well, but this commercialization does undermine the Olympic dream, whether it is necessary or not.
In the end, I think Jamuhn debated best. If I could, I would like to let both of you go on to the next round, but that is impossible, alas.
Okay, I'm going to go with Jamhun, because his argument convinced me. I wasn't totally convinced by BlackJackal, but Jamhun really brought me in to his point of view. But it still was very close.
Points well made by both. The Olympic movement was well in advance of western politics for women. Point to Jamuhn. However, it was pointed out by Blackjackal that the "dream" of the Olympics is severely tarnished by politics. I find the stronger arguements are for the winner, Blackjackal.
This debate was almost impossible to decide it was so evenly matched. Having read and re-read the arguments I could find few faults in either's logic, and the points were well made. Finally, reviewing the statements point-bypoint, I have to go with Jamuhn as the most persuasive. Thanks for the best match-up yet!
Once again he dominates in the field where he is king. While Jahmun put up a great fight, I felt that BlackJackel really had all the chips here.