Olympic lows


Steve Wilstein's otherwise balanced Olympic report mentions its lows, including "scandals and controversies." But like Sherlock Holmes' dog that didn't bark proved who commited a crime, Wilstein's omission of what should have been considered a scandal proves something scandalous about the Olympics.

Wilstein's list of controversies didn't mention the refusal of the Iranian judoka to compete with his Israeli counterpart, by deliberately exceeding the weight limit, nor his racist comments validated by the Iranian government. So I must sadly conclude that Wilstein, along with the IOC, agrees that this Iranian behavior is totally acceptable, totally compabible with Olympic ideals of peace and friendship.  Considering the Olympics' sorry history in 1936 and 1972 maybe they are. 

Posted by Ethel C. Fenig    8 29 04