Get out and Play

This week I heard that the International Olympic Committee had banned Right to Play from the Olympics. This the charity formed by former Olympians to promote sport in developing countries, bringing soccer balls to communities, promoting play.

How does a bureaucratic committee decide to stop a charity from being part of this sporting event? Why and what process is used to make such a decision?

The IOC tries to present itself as a international movement bringing the value of amateur sport to the world. This façade was unmasked with the introduction of professional athletes into team sports. Now they are being further unmasked as they ban a charity that has as its essence the promotion of the purest form of sport, play.

Of course we have no need for the IOC, the Olympic no longer represent the amateur sports movement. It is a corporate and bureaucratic organization that sees only how to capitalize its brand and protect its franchise.