More myths about the Olympic Games

Dr. David C. Young is professor emeritus of classics at the University of Florida and author of The Modern Olympics: A Struggle for Revival.  As such, he knows his stuff when it comes to the historical significance of the Olympic Games. But Dr. Young believes that many aspects of our Olympic Games have been justified by “specious ancient antecedents”, which is a classicist’s way of saying:

“It ain’t necessarily so!”

Writing in the The Archeological Institute of America’s journal,  Archeology, Dr. Young listed a number of beloved (and wrong) beliefs about the ancient Olympics that still endure about the modern Games:   Continue reading

Why the Olympics are bad business

I am outnumbered. I am one of the few people I know who are anti-Olympics.  I say this with a wee pang of sadness because I used to be a bit of a Games junkie, having spent years working with the organizing committee when my own city of Victoria hosted the Commonwealth Games here in 1994. But the world has changed since then. Doping scandals, corporate sponsorship bullying, pervasive commercialism, anti-terrorist security, political interference, questionable IOC integrity, and obscene taxpayer-funded pricetags combine to make me shake my head and ask:

“Why are we doing this?”

The event is no longer even about athletic achievement.  We already hold world championships in each sport for that.  Continue reading