Thursday, June 28, 2012

10 days count down

10 days remaining before my London Olympic experience begins. The Summer Games only start on July 27th, however, the preparation starts well in advance for the Olympians and the different Olympic Committee's and so on. This being said, I simply want to say that I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in one of the biggest international events, if not the biggest. 

Some say this event is all about money and nothing more. Obviously, it is no secret that enormous sums of money, public and private, are involved in these types of events. Worldwide brands like Coca-Cola, Mc Donald's, VISA, Panasonic spend millions, if it is not billions of dollars to be, literally, everywhere. There is obviously some type of issue in regards to the growing importance of sponsorship and the commercialization of the Olympic Games. Nevertheless, I am not here to debate on this.. but remember that without money, you can't do much in life, can you?  

For me, the Games represent so much more; its a moment where thousands of people from different countries are reunited under the Olympic spirit with one goal that is to build a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sports. Pierre de Coubertin wanted to create an opportunity when the sports could be practised without any discrimination. This is the beauty of the Olympic Movement, not only is there equality for everyone, no matter what, but also generally speaking, politics (therefor war) is left outside the arena and unwanted at all cost. Obviously, nothing is perfect and unfortunately it must not be forgotten that the Games represent a huge stage for people or organizations whom are looking for attention. Remembering the 1972 Munich Games where Palestinian terrorists took Israeli athletes and coaches hostage is not a nice picture. Still, we must not forget that we live in a complex world and that not everything can be ignored, even under the Olympic dream.

Well, that's what its about for today. I will try to post as much as I can in regards to the London 2012 Olympics. I believe that there are certain restrictions imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) concerning what can and cannot be posted online/social media. We shall see how this works out. For those who have Twitter, you can follow me @ajrebel. For the rest, well, sit tight and enjoy the ride !  

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