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Should the olympics expand to include non sports events

Asked by: goldsworthy-emma
  • Better for the country hosting

    The Olympic games is a huge event bringing in hundreds of thousands people from across the globe to watch the worlds best. For the country hosting the games, it is already astonishing for there economy. But could you imagine if we added arts and technology events? It would bring even more people together. More infrastructure, tourism. Foreign tourists bring a boost to the local economy. In particular the local tourist trade, shops/hotels will benefit from the surge in visitor numbers. More facilities that can be used in the future for more major events and host the Olympics gives a unique experience to the locals. And now people especially locals won’t just be subsided to seeing sport but a mix of arts and technology events. They can watch whatever is their forta. Hosting the Olympics also means investing in better transport links. Which will reduce congestion and help to improve efficiency for local business? This can help increase the productive capacity of the economy A bigger, better Olympic games will create even more jobs for the local economy. Up to 4 years before the event. These extra jobs help create a positive effect on the local economy. Also, this surge of more jobs can prove more permanent after the games are over. Hosting the games is expensive but more events will lead to greater ticket sales, more people attending the event and more facilities that can be used in the future. Therefore the money used will be worth it.

  • It shows the Olympic culture and values

    Well you may not want to - but the negative team certainly does. Can you believe they believe in cheating and inequality?
    Do you think it’s okay to have 107 drug scandals leading up to the 2012 london olympics?
    These kind of behaviors are not why the olympic games were created. The IOA even states that they stand for equality and unity. 43 essays were written by international top scholars and experts with experience on Olympic Games’ issues. They have highlighted 8 core Olympic values related to the Olympic Movement: equality, sustainability, education and environment, blending sport with culture, personal excellence, sport as human right, multicultural understanding and internationalism.
    In what universe do these values align with drug use and cheating?
    The olympics was created as a way for people to connect and unite. Now the olympics has turned into a money thirsty, brutal unfair country war? Our solution will save the viewers, competitors and the IOA. It’s so simple, we should just add extra scandal free competitions. The olympic movement supposedly ‘brings people together, to promote peace social responsibility and the development of humankind. ’ Now tell me this, does cheating promote peace?
    Does cheating bring people together?
    Is the olympic movement really achieving their aims?
    They may never achieve their aims but by adding these events it may bring the olympic movement one step closer to the development of humankind.

    Is it fair that Billie Maclay, Brent owens, Emma Dean and many more master chef winners like themselves can only take home the Masterchef title, yet if they had decided to take up sport from a young age they could be representing their country? Is it fair that national chess players cannot be televised or recognized? Does completely abandoning these valuable and important life skills satisfy you? Well we are living in a society where we value sport above all, well guess what? Sport IS NOT the be all and end all and other people have skills too. The IOA need to wake up and realise that sports of the mind is just as important. Is is fair that international chess winners can't be olympic idols to young kids? Is it fair that these people work so hard and don't get the same recognition. Is it fair that sport is the only thing internationally televised? The IOA are not reflecting their ‘value aim’ and it’s time something is changed.

  • Thinking is the most useful skill a person can have.

    Now that that’s been done I’ll start on my arguments. Our society relies mainly on thinkers. Since much of our manual work comes from machines, what we really need are thinkers. People who can problem solve and find new and innovative solutions, people who can think strategically and people who are smart. These are the essence of our society and they’re something that should be celebrated. Aristotle said that in order to live a good life people must exercise their unique human abilities and capacities. He argues that what separates human beings from the other animals is reason, it’s not athletics, plenty of creatures already have that, and most of them are better than us. So why is there a bigger event for sports than there is for the thing that makes humans special? By adding events that use this reasoning part of our brain, it would be celebrating the thing that makes us us. To put that in other word, it would be truly celebrating humanity.

  • Thinking is the most useful skill.

    Our society relies mainly on thinkers. Since much of our manual work comes from machines, what we really need are thinkers. People who can problem solve and find new and innovative solutions, people who can think strategically and people who are smart. These are the essence of our society and they’re something that should be celebrated. Aristotle said that in order to live a good life people must exercise their unique human abilities and capacities. He argues that what separates human beings from the other animals is reason, it’s not athletics, plenty of creatures already have that, and most of them are better than us. So why is there a bigger event for sports than there is for the thing that makes humans special? By adding events that use this reasoning part of our brain, it would be celebrating the thing that makes us us. To put that in other word, it would be truly celebrating humanity.

  • It gives opportunities to aspiring talents

    We believe that the olympics should expand to include non sporting events because it gives more opportunities to everyone. This is simply because if we include more events such as e sports, it gives people a chance to reveal their non sporting talents. There may be some amazing talent that is as spectacular as some of the sporting talents but is hidden over the belief olympics is about the showcase of sports. This hidden talent could aspire many people to take part in that event and make it more well known. Furthermore it gives the new events a spotlight and more people will join their community if it is shown in the Olympics.

  • We cannot alter the sport and adding non-sporting events would increase the Olympics with viewers, competitors, and money gained by hosting country

    People pointed out that other non-sporting events can be sport if they make it competitive. However this can’t be a reality to alter the non-sporting event because sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. I would like to highlight physical exertion in that definition because it means non-sporting events like video games cannot enter the list of activities for the Olympics. Adding non-sporting events would increase the amount of viewers and the amount of money gained for the hosting country. It would also increase the duration for the Olympics.

  • We cannot alter the sport and adding non-sporting events would increase the Olympics with viewers, competitors, and money gained by hosting country

    People pointed out that other non-sporting events can be sport if they make it competitive. However this can’t be a reality to alter the non-sporting event because sport is defined as an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. I would like to highlight physical exertion in that definition because it means non-sporting events like video games cannot enter the list of activities for the Olympics. Adding non-sporting events would increase the amount of viewers and the amount of money gained for the hosting country. It would also increase the duration for the Olympics.

  • What the founder of the modern Olympics believed

    Pierre De Coubertin believed that "The important thing in life is not to triumph, but to compete". His idea was established in the Olympic Motto. Which challenges each individual to become the best they can be. This can be applied to athletes and their skills in non-sporting events. De Coubertin would approve.

  • Expend the olympics

    According to the a spokesperson at the IOC, over 28%of people in Olympic participating countries are unable to play sport but are experts at othe games such as chess or paper planes. The spokesperson also stated that more people would watch these different types of games if they were included.

  • Expand the olympics

    According to the a spokesperson at the IOC, over 28%of people in Olympic participating countries are unable to play sport but are experts at othe games such as chess or paper planes. The spokesperson also stated that more people would watch these different types of games if they were included.

  • It depends, but I probably wouldn't watch it

    In all honesty, I wouldn't have an opinion if the IOC decided to add a new sport to the Olympic roster; if they feel it's best for them, I'm okay with that. It all depends on how much prevalence that sport has on the international stage. But what kind of "non-sports" are we talking about? Air guitar, water chugging, house painting? Nobody wants to see those things. If it's a sanctioned sport, than it's fine by me.

    Posted by: S.K
  • The olympics is for sports!!

    The olympics have always been a sporting event. In ancient Greece they used to compete with sprinting, javelin, Shot put, long jump, discus, etc.... If people are saying we need more coverage of other things like the arts or games, well there can be separate events for those. In fact we already have a lot of talent shows like singing competitions that get heaps of coverage. The olympics has always been, and will always be a sporting event.

  • The Olympics has been around for too long, and changing it will ruin its originality.

    It was re-introduced in 1896 and has always been revolved around physical events. Adding non-sporting events will ruin the name for Olympics. Introducing new topics to the Olympics will only make it more time consuming and won't be as entertaining as it used to be. People have gotten used to how it is now, and we should keep it that way. Think of it as a religion. A prophesy.

  • The Olympics is a forum for sport or physical (activity) competition and not a random event.

    Although some non-sport activities can be very engaging and competitive it is not to say that it is also entertaining. Sport activities engage our minds actively and allows for spontaneous actions which can seldom be seen in a non-sport activity. Therefore the Olympics will do just fine without expanding to include non-sport events.

  • Economics, flaws, corruption, just no

    There is every reason to keep the Olympics as just a sporting event. It seems that everyone says "oh it means a bigger economic boost for the hosting country"... But that is totally untrue. For example, the recent winter Olympics has racked up $13 billion that economic professor Andrew Zimbalist says South Korea most likely will not pay off. The reason the Olympic Games costs so much money for the hosting country is that most of it goes into building new infrastructure and venues to cater for the sports. Now imagine adding more events on top of that, an average 60% ticket sale rate won’t make up for the few extra people non-sporting events attract. There is also no reliable evidence from past Olympics that in the end, hosting it can bring more tourists to the country in years to come that the North Korean government has so called “predicted”. Is this “feel good” effect really worth tarnishing a nation with a bad reputation as well as a massive debt the government tries to cover up? I think not.
    There are countless flaws in the system that make this very complicated to do in the name of "diversity". Sports must also be practised quite a bit around the world for them to even be considered as an Olympic event. A sport must be practised by men in at least 75 countries and 4 continents and by women in at least 40 countries and 3 continents with enough people competing at Olympic level to sustain the event. For example, Heather McKay who was undefeated in squash from 1962-1981 but simply could not participate in the Olympics because there were not enough athletes to hold the event. The IOC is already having to reconsider events that are already in the Olympics because hosting countries want to add too many, how will they cater for a whole new branch of events if they're struggling now?
    Numerous other factors prevent events from entering the Olympics such as facilities in the hosting venues to provide the essentials needed to have the event which also weighs into economics, as well as whether these non-sporting events even meet the criteria to become an event in the games. For example: chess, it is recognised as a sport by the IOC although it does not make an appearance in the games because it does not fulfil the set criteria whether that’s to do with doping or for other reasons. If non-sporting events were to be included, would they have to be recognised as sporting events in the eyes of the IOC as chess is though technically they aren’t? On the other hand, are we willing to risk the system breaking apart by changing the majority of rules and regulations? Weaknesses in the original values of the Olympics that hold its heritage and identity prevent non-sporting events to be included; this causes issues that poses threats of its actuality and repute along with the potential downfall of the Olympic Games.

  • Hard to organise and each non sporting event added would cause more debates on fair judges:

    When it says non sporting events I'm going to presume arty or drama subjects. In this case, how can you fairly judge these events? Everyone has a different taste in art/drama and it would be unfair to hire judges which think towards art a certain way without discriminating against different style artists. Also the way it would be scored to find a winner which again discriminates against different styled participants. There are also already other existing competitions for most art/drama styles and it is pointless and costly to create are areas to hold these events if they are too boring to earn money from crowds watching. It is also taking away from poorer countries economy to fund building areas to hold these events when they already have problems in there own countries that the money can be used for.

  • Th history of the Olympics relies on sport

    Since the Olympics started, they have been about sports. There are so many other places that people with artistic talents can compete with each other. If we changed the Olympics to become what everyone wants, it would soon become nothing. Its like if you are making cordial. The flavour is sports and the water is the events. With just the right amount of water, you will have what we have today - the Olympics. But if we add too much events, we will end up with a watered down, boring program. I'm not saying that I hate watching events, I enjoy them. But there is a time and place for everything and I don't think its the right time or place for things like singing and dancing.

  • Th history of the Olympics relies on sport

    Since the Olympics started, they have been about sports. There are so many other places that people with artistic talents can compete with each other. If we changed the Olympics to become what everyone wants, it would soon become nothing. Its like if you are making cordial. The flavour is sports and the water is the events. With just the right amount of water, you will have what we have today - the Olympics. But if we add too much events, we will end up with a watered down, boring program. I'm not saying that I hate watching events, I enjoy them. But there is a time and place for everything and I don't think its the right time or place for things like singing and dancing.

  • The history of Olympics relies on sport

    Since the Olympics started, they have been about sports. There are so many other places that people with artistic talents can compete with each other. If we changed the Olympics to become what everyone wants, it would soon become nothing. Its like if you are making cordial. The flavour is sports and the water is the events. With just the right amount of water, you will have what we have today - the Olympics. But if we add too much events, we will end up with a watered down, boring program. I'm not saying that I hate watching events, I enjoy them. But there is a time and place for everything and I don't think its the right time or place for things like singing and dancing.

  • Um hell nawww

    Keep it traditional bitchezz. No one wants to sit in a stadium that is supposed to be for people who like to yell for competing sports rather than listening to some gay music or ratchet ass yoga or singing. Keep that shit somehwere else. The olympics is for sports and only sports.


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