www.culturalolympics.org.ukMiah and García, 2003:
The Olympics should happen nowhere…
that have questionable records issome expression ofcondemnation. For some, theOlympic Movement’s apoliticalaspirations are insufficient.Internationalism gives rise topoliticisation and to deny this issimply naïve.If one considers these criticismsalong with the involvement ofdeveloping countries (or lack of)in the Olympics, the basis forconcluding that the Olympics is,indeed, a festival for the richseems convincing. Certainly,there are many athletescompeting in the Olympic Gamesfrom developing countries,though this is not really the point.The Olympic Games continues tochampion an occidental way ofplaying sport (and doing culture).Competition reigns, the valuesare performance based, and evenmost of the sports originate fromWestern countries. Yet, thefanatic is expected to believe thatthe Olympics is a socialmovement as Jacques Rogge,President of the InternationalOlympic Committee, remindedviewers in the closing ceremonyof Salt Lake.These overtly political facets tothe Olympics make it problematicfor Weinstein to accept that theOlympics is inspiring, morally orotherwise. The territorialistnature of the Olympics is, heargues, entirely unsuitable.Indeed, after discussing somepossibilities, Weinstein evenconcludes that,
The Olympics really don't evenbelong in Olympia — they belongon the media-net: it's anembarrassment that actual,presenced bodies are needed asimage resource-bases. TheOlympics should all be done fromthe media archives.
Salt Lake is, perhaps, one of theclearest examples whereterritorialism has been challengedin the Olympics. The Gameswere the first major event held inthe US since the September 11thterrorist attacks and provided anopportunity for the US to make astatement of some kind inresponse. However, thisopportune moment to re-vitalisethe ‘humanitarianism’ ofOlympism was somewhat lost ina bid to promote Americanismand show the stiff-upper-lippedness of an injured America.A key demonstration of this wasthe use of the US flag that wasrecovered from the destroyedWorld Trade Center. Thissymbolic flag, remembered bymany around the world forhaving been placed among therubble of the tower, was held byUS citizens during the Openingceremony of the Salt Lake Games.For many of these people, it wasa touching moment, indeed, adesirable expectation. For somespectators, uncomfortable withthe US response to 9/11, it was anaffirmation of its egocentricmentality. For others, who have