Boycott of 2008 Olympics in China: Could boycotting the Olympics be fair to athletes?

  • Yes, boycotting the Olympics is always important when the host country is displaying unethical habits.

    Boycotting the Olympics is fair to athletes because athletes are people who need human and civil rights just as any other citizen. The effect of boycotting the Olympics on athletes is no different than the effects of boycotting a store on its employees, yet it is one of the most effective types of protest.

  • Boycotting is Unfair

    The vast majority of Olympic athletes are amateurs in the truest sense of the word and have not been paid, nor can they earn a living from their sport. They train their entire lives for the chance to compete and, because the Olympics happen just every four years, boycotting could deprive them of their one chance to accomplish a life's goal.

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