Politics and Athletics: Why They Don’t Mix

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A few days ago, when I was watching the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, I was mad at how they were talking about the political divide between Russia and the United States, including the controversy over Edward Snowden and communism. I was very angry. I just wanted to watch the Opening Ceremony! The ceremony was scheduled to start at 7:00 but the actual ceremony didn’t start until 7:10. The athletes at the Games have nothing to do with this, and they don’t care. I think this is un-Olympic-like. Previous opening ceremonies were prefaced with talk about the Games and the athletes themselves, not about the political systems of the host country. Also, Russian-Americans, like Maria Sharapova, who was featured on the pre-ceremony show, will feel criticized when NBC talks about this. We all know about our struggles with Russia. There is no need to report about it during the Olympic Games. Come on, people, come on.

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