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SBD/August 9, 2013/Olympics
Russia Sports Minister Says Athletes' Rights Will Be Respected At Sochi Olympics
Published August 9, 2013
FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT: In Chicago, Rick Morrissey writes, "The IOC hides behind the ideal that it is a sports ambassador, not a political activist." But this "isn't politics; this is life." It would be "nice to see some competitors display a social conscience during the Games, but it's not up to them to make a stink." It is "up to countries such as the United States" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 8/9). SI.com's Michael Rosenberg listed four reasons why a boycott "would be an awful mistake." Rosenberg writes boycotts "don't work" and they "punish the wrong people." This boycott "would really punish the wrong people." And finally, a boycott "would miss the whole purpose of the Olympics" (SI.com, 8/8). In Winnipeg, Gary Lawless wrote NHL players are "the most high-profile athletes at the Olympics," and they can "have the most effect." NHLers can "say no to Putin's law and force the IOC to apply pressure" (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/8).