10 Darkest Moments for the Olympic Movement of the Modern Games by John Ian Wing



These are 10  Darkest Moment which I believe to have had the biggest affect on the Modern Games and the Olympic Movement.  These are my opinions and not of the IOC or Olympic Historians.              John Ian Wing
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 1936 (1)

 1956 (2)

                                                                       Pre-Olympics Massacres 

Due to the intensity of holding such a high-profile tournament with the world's media arriving en masses many host nations struggle to cope with the pressure. Often hosting the Olympics leads to internal demonstrations, complaints of misplaced public money and activists seeking to use the media attention as a platform.   In Mexico students demonstrated because funds were being diverted from their education  to finance the Olympic Games.                                                                                                        

Ten days before the 1968 Mexico City Olympics the Mexican government shot 200 students as a means to preventing a public protest that the world would see. The horrific massacre of young intellectuals was covered up and a clearer picture only began to emerge twenty years later. In 2008 a march of over 40,000 people took place in Mexico City to commemorate the lives lost in the controversial Tlatelolco Olympic Massacre.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

(I have not included the Black Power salute of Tommie Smith and John Carlos because it was used to hide the massacre of 200 students)

        1968 Mexico City Olympic Games  (3) 

                              1972 Munich Olympic Games    (4)                             1996 Atlanta Olympic Games     (5)

 1980 Moscow Olympic Games    (6) 
                                                            1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games    (7)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


WORLD Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound claims former International Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch tried to sweep doping under the carpet to protect IOC interests.

"Samaranch wasn't interested in the issue," Pound said yesterday.  "There was no money available for research and Samaranch wasn't interested in using the Olympic leverage against the international federations to make them do their job. He was never willing to do that."

Pound said were it not for the 1998 Festina team cycling scandal at the Tour de France, where officials found performance-enhancing drugs and police raided team hotels to find more drugs, things would not have changed.

"I told him (Samaranch), we are now in a position where nobody believes the IOC any more, nobody believes the UCI (International Cycling Union). What we need is a completely independent agency," said Pound, who became WADA's first president.

Reuters                                                         ***********************************

Though no athletes were caught doping at the 1980 Summer Olympics, it has been claimed that athletes had begun using testosterone and other drugs for which tests had not been yet developed. A 1989 report by a committee of the Australian Senate claimed that "there is hardly a medal winner at the Moscow Games, certainly not a gold medal winner...who is not on one sort of drug or another: usually several kinds. The Moscow Games might well have been called the Chemists' Games"                                                                                                    

                                                                             Olympic Scandal (9)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                2008 Beijing Olympic Games     (10)
    Young girl in wheelchair about to be attacked - Young boy concerned of the violence -  Runner well guarded
                                               Journey of Harmony

The Beijing Olympic Torch Relay was called the 'Journey of Harmony'.  The Olympic flame was to be carried through the five continents of the world.  The greatest Peace Relay would last 130 days and over 20.000 runners would help to carry the Flame 137.000 km to the Olympic Stadium.  Some of the runners will be young or elderly and some will be handicap and they will be spreading a message of Peace, Harmony and Goodwill across the globe.

Unfortunately, the Organizers and the Olympic Committee had not done their homework and the relay in some countries, turned into chaos and disaster.  It was a huge embarrassment for the Olympic Movement.

In Paris, the Torch was carried to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but demonstrators kept grabbing for the flame and the Torch had to be extinguished several times by Chinese security officials.  At times, it became so dangerous for the runners that officials decided to carry the Flame on a bus pass the demonstrators.  One demonstrator ran towards a young girl in a wheelchair with a fire extinguisher but he was thrown to the ground in time.

Clearly the runners were not carrying a message of peace, harmony and goodwill, they were carrying a message of fear.

More links to other sites of interest

Olympic Studies 1

Olympic Studies 2,3,4

UN Peace Movement

Schools History - The Friendly Games

International Peace March 1956 - YouTube

Olympic Peace March - YouTube

John Ian Wing's Letter - YouTube

The Friendly Olympics - YouTube

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