The army has been called up.
The tickets cost a fortune and you get to watch sports you never cared existed whilst you are only allowed to eat Muckdonalads. Your food has been confiscated off you at the gate as you are shuffled into your seat.
A baker has been busted for baking the Olympic symbol out of dough- the only dough that is allowed is for McDonalds and Coca Cola-those famous keep fit brands…
We used to be told that the Olympics was about the ‘taking part’ but now it seems to be a big corporate jolly, even the 5 rings logo is copyrighted and no-one can use it- doesn’t look like much fun does it!
Who gives a fuck about the Olympics?
Welcome to the corporate sports.
A recent series of opinion polls shows mass disinterest in the Olympics, oddly the local news is going crazy plugging the Olympics- do you care? are you interested? comments please…
Once they were war turned into sport as naked Greeks from various city states fought it out in variety of sports like boxing, wrestling, the very bloody pankration (regulated full-contact fighting, similar to today’s mixed martial arts), chariot racing, and several other running events (the diaulos, hippios, dolichos, and hoplitodromos), as well as a pentathlon, consisting of wrestling, stadion, long jump, javelin throw, and discus.
It was a political event and the stakes were high.
In the 21st century no-one is naked and the sports are less bloody (bring back chariot racing and the pankration!) but there is still a political undertow to the whole event. It’s a multi million pound event which is all about corporate back slapping and sports that no-one ever normally watches but will slump in front of the TV becoming sudden experts in the discus.
(and as for the logo for the ‘London’ games- the worst piece of corporate art ever…dismal)
There is some talk of the Olympic ideal but no-one seems to know what that is, or ever was. It was meant to be about taking part but how can that be when everyone has to represent their country? Can’t you just go and compete?
These days it seems to about taking loads of drugs to win at all costs with some of the rich countries perfecting the chemicals so no-one can spot them in their athletes, in some ways making them the perfect Guinea Pigs for science.
It’s hardly about ”Ëjust taking part’, it’s the world’s geo politics played out in loads of sports that most people have no interest in.
The USA, who seem to always have the Olympics on their soil turning it into Disney Cola Olympics, are utterly determined to ”Ëwin’ the medals table- hardly ”Ëjust taking part’. At this level no-one seems to be that interested in ”Ëjust taking part’ and treat the Olympics like world war 3 whilst China sees it as a stage to present their upcoming superpower status.
The 21st century eternal war is getting played out during the Javelin, ping pong and weird diving contests. In these milatarised times we are all living in Sparta!
The Olympics are full of sports you were forced to do at school. Tiny kids trying to lift a shot putt up or hurling javelins at eachother, what was the point of the high jump and the triple jump is perhaps the most pointless sport on the planet.
I have not heard anyone even talking about the Olympics. there is a resigned groan when they come up and a feeling that they are just a big party for the corporates and the organisers and the media paid for by the public.
But then that maybe part of the history of the Olympics. They were just the same in ancient Greece when the warring city states would swop battle for sport in celebration of Zeus.
They began in 776ÃÂ BC in Olympia in Greece. They were celebrated until 393ÃÂ AD when they were suppressed by Theodosius I as part of the campaign to impose Christianity (boo hiss!) as the state religion. During the games there was an Olympic Truce was enacted so that athletes could travel from their countries to the Games in safety. They seem to have forgotten about that one.
The games were political and were used by the city states to show who was the top dog. Politicians would announce political alliances at the Games, and in times of war, priests would offer sacrifices to the gods for victory. The Games then were also used to help spread Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean now they are used to spread ”Ëfreedom’ or coca cola culture throughout the world.
They are a strange thing these Olympics.
Maybe everyone is suddenly interested in these strange sports? Maybe we are all ready to cheer Great Britain’s handful of golds and Eddie the Eagle rubbish losers?
Who gives a fuck about the Olympics? Please comment”Â¦