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    Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    With all the controversy around a new Russian law against homosexual "propaganda", some are calling for the US to boycott the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia. I don't think we should because it just punishes the athletes that have been training and preparing their whole lives.

    What do you think?

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    With all the controversy around a new Russian law against homosexual "propaganda", some are calling for the US to boycott the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia. I don't think we should because it just punishes the athletes that have been training and preparing their whole lives.

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    The Olympics is a sporting competition. Politics should not be involved. It was hosted fine in China wasn't it?
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spriggs05 View Post
    The Olympics is a sporting competition. Politics should not be involved. It was hosted fine in China wasn't it?
    I agree that I don't think the Olympics should be used as political tool but it wouldn't be the first time politics played a roll.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    I'm a little conflicted. The Olympics is largely about setting aside politics and international differences to compete in sports. We went to China where they have an oppressive government that hinders free speech without any problems. I don't think anything different should happen just because the issue is "homosexual propaganda."

    Of course I think the law is stupid and wrong, but if China was fine then Russia should be fine.
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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    My first reaction was to boycott but I've changed my opinion.

    Considering some of the things we've learned about our own government, we are in no position to criticize anybody else's.

    Let the games begin.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Of course their should be no boycott.

    Russia does lots of things we dont like. So do most of the host countries. Its much better to highlight the issue and the intolerance by going to the games and having stories on the issue broadcast worldwide, than to just walk out in protest. The best way to do this is to have the gay athletes get highlighted on TV winning medals and exposing the fact that they need to be quiet about the fuzzbumping/fudgepacking activity that is going on in the Olympic village.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    With all the controversy around a new Russian law against homosexual "propaganda", some are calling for the US to boycott the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia. I don't think we should because it just punishes the athletes that have been training and preparing their whole lives.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    With all the controversy around a new Russian law against homosexual "propaganda", some are calling for the US to boycott the 2014 winter Olympics in Russia. I don't think we should because it just punishes the athletes that have been training and preparing their whole lives.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    Heya X.....I don't think we or anybody should be looking to Boycott over another countries laws or social standards. The Olympics were for meant for Sports and that Competition Alone.

    To be the Best in the World at something. Although.....they do need to question what some of those games are and if they should be classified actually as a sport.

    If they give into one issue then they have to give into all the rest. Anytime it was done so before. Shouldn't have. Leave the floodgate open a little and soon comes the flood.

    Course if a country should do so. Don't ever invite them back again.

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    Re: Should the US Boycott the Russian Olympics?

    The games should either be moved, the best choice, or we should stay home, which is unfair and will suck for the athletes but countries have to take a stand at times and this is one of them.

    Although the games have been held in counties we have deep conflicts with, they didn't threaten our athletes like Russia has. If the games aren't moved, we hold our own and let the world come here.

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