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Not much Olympic spirit

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The Olympics are getting underway again. It just doesn’t feel like it. We just finished the summer Olympics a few months ago after it was moved because of the pandemic. Now, the eyes of the world are on Beijing, China as opening ceremonies are held tonight. But because of politics, U.S. diplomats who normally attend the Olympic games will not in 2022 in protest over China’s record of human rights abuses. So much for the Olympic spirit. Olympic athletes are arriving to hazmat suits and heightened virus protocols and will essentially compete in a bubble, with no family or fans in attendance. Even those covering the games will do so remotely. Which makes us wonder, why are we doing all this? Why are the games being played in a totalitarian state? Will the competition even be fair? The last time the Olympics were held in Russia, Russia built a building next to the doping lab, and according to reports, passed dirty samples out and clean samples in through a hole in the adjoining wall. It was no surprise then that Russia won the most medals in that Olympics, and not a single Russian athlete tested positive for a banned substance. Couldn’t China just claim that athletes from opposing teams tested positive for Covid and ban them from competing? We wish members of the U.S. teams best of luck in this year’s Olympic competition, but it just doesn’t seem like the games are really bringing nation’s together like they are intended to do.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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