The following quote from IOC president Thomas Bach can be found in the article:
"Please understand what your responsibilities are and have the courage to address your disagreements in a peaceful environment and not on the backs of the athletes,"
I feel outrage and utter contempt at the audacity of Bach's words. Under the guise of wanting a purity in athletic competition, he attempts to distort what he wants others to subscribe to as ethical behavior. His deceptive nature does not sneak by unnoticed. The current IOC president has much in common with a garbage bag advertisement: he talks more trash than any politician he maligns.
An event such as the Olympics should not be elevated to a status more important than dealing with the injustices of how human beings are mistreated and persecuted.
Those of us who truly values others will understand the meaning of courage is to speak out about an issue we believe must be addressed regardless of the scenario.
Responsibility means taking a stance when we know people will malign, hate or demonize us. It also means sacrifice at times, be it a sullied sporting event or letting go of hatred no matter how wronged we feel.
Unlike the arrogant and deceitful Bach, true champions understand what is important in life.