Olympism Profiteering, Exploitation and Corruption
The movement is fraudulent and corrupt.
by Stephen Lendman
Olympism is more about profiteering, exploitation, and cynicism than sport.
Helen Jefferson Lenskyj knows it well. More on her writings below.
For over a century, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) hypocritically advanced notions of peace, unity, friendship, and sport the way it's meant to be.
The Olympic Movement's Charter states:
The IOC's mission "is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement."
It's "to encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport
and sports competitions."
It's "to oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes."
Overall, the Charter features a high-minded laundry list concealing Olympism reality. Truth and full disclosure belie deceptive hyperbole.
Lenskyj is a University of Toronto Professor of Sociology. She's studied Olympism for years. Her book "Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics and Activism" exposes its dark side, exploitive culture, disturbing corruption, hidden costs, and complicity of major media scoundrels.
Far from promoting good will, open competition, and fair play, Olympism's more about profiteering, marginalizing the poor, other disenfranchised groups, affected communities, sticking taxpayers with the bill, and providing nothing in return but hype and the illusion of amateur international sport at its best.
Resistance challenges the narrative. Activists expose its dark side. So does Lenskyj. "Olympic construction and preparations," she says, take "a heavy toll on already disadvantaged populations."