"President Gauck took the decision to "German Chancellor Angela
Merkel said the games in February would focus attention on such issues, and that
athletes would be most affected by a boycott."I love the
Olympics but I think Chancellor Merkel is wrong as China's continued
brutality against its own people and it's neighbors has taught us. I think
Presient Gauk s right though I doubt his boycott will mean much as long as other
world leaders turn a blind eye.
Perhaps other world leaders will take his lead and decide not to attend the
games. What a great statement that would be.
This is a tough one. The athletes have trained long and hard for the chance to
compete and deserve that chance. On the other hand, Russia's human rights
violations need to be highlighted and, if necessary sanctioned; are the Olympics
the best place to do that? I don't know. That said, I'll
not be watching the Olympic coverage this time. If the broadcasters get the
message that they're losing viewers due to this sort of thing, perhaps
they'll put some pressure on the Olympic committee and they'll, in
turn, put some pressure on these regimes to put an end to the violation of human
The United States has gone through a similar process and it does send a message
to the world. Having lived in Germany in 1971-72 while Germany was preparing
for their Olympics and then to have the terrorists pick apart their games.
Germany definitely knows about that kind of sentiment and the feelings of
participants and countries that played in those games. Russia has been a
neighbor through communism for years, decades and a century. Germany has made
mistakes but they also have conviction.
And...here we go again. It's so frustrating for athletes to train hard for
the Olympics, only to have their dreams dashed by a political issue. Sadly, will
the boycott really make a difference? Or will another country just come in and
swoop up the prized medals?
Putin could care less that the German President is not showing up. Just like he
could care less if Obama didn't show up.
@JWB and WashcomomOK, Gauck is protesting by not attending the games. I
think that is a great statement on Russia's human rights issues. However,
the article refers only to Gauck's attendance at the games, not the
athletes. The athletes will attend the games and compete unless the DOSB make
makes the decision that the athletes will not participate. I don't see
that as a likely scenario. The athletes from Germany are great competitors and
have indeed been training hard and truly deserve to participate in the athletic
events. Leave the politics to the politicians and keep it out of the games.A further note......USA! USA! USA!!!!