Olympics While Haiti is in Ruins?
I apologize for the buzz kill to follow but this I hope this site is a forum for anything that is free written.
I have never thought the elaborate event of the Olympics made sense. It is a gigantic expensive event that no one really watches or cares about. I am a fan of sports be it hockey, football, golf hell I will watch darts, generally if it has a score I am interested in what will happen. When it comes to the Olympics I just do not really care and I do not think many sports fans really do but we must all care about what has happened in Haiti.
It was announced this week that NBC the company that has the television rights to the Olympic broadcast in the USA is going to lose 200 million dollars on their coverage of the Olympics. This amount of money alone is bewildering how do we waste 200 million dollars on such pointless thing while these people bleed and starve to death. The scary part of this dollar figure is that it is just a mere fraction of money that we will be spending on this pointless event that no body watches while Haiti is in ruins.
I hope from the above no one thinks I do not support the idea of the world coming together and I understand the Olympic ideals of bringing all the nations to an event and build relations through sport. But what kind of signal are the Olympics going to show this year or any year for that matter? I understand the Michael Phelps winning one hundred gold’s and beating all the records is a novelty but this happened in China while hundreds were being murdered down the street.
This short essay is not to sit on a high horse and tell NBC and the Olympic athletes they are terrible people for not caring but I am wondering why we as a an international community do not just donate the wasted money from the upcoming Olympics to these people in Haiti and do a lot of good. I also understand that this is just one of the million problems in the world and that many other regions of the world need help but right now in the world around us we can see one of the most perverse wastes of money while these people are left to fend for themselves.