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  Olympic debate: Opposer's points
Updated 14 February 2002, 13.38
Jesse Owens in the Berlin Olympics

The opposer disagrees with the motion:

"This house believes that politics should be kept out of sport."

The opposer could use the points below when making their speech.

Spaces have been left for them to add points of their own:

  • The Salt Lake Olympics are a positive time for the people of the US and the rest of the world to unite in the war against terror.

  • The Olympics can be used as a true way of showing how countries can work together. Politics are part of life and if some countries are deemed to be too unstable or challenging international laws then they should not be allowed to compete.

  • Nazi political ideas were challenged positively by the American black athlete Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Games when he won four gold medals. The Nazi theories of racial superiority were shown to be misguided.

  • The American flag found among the debris of the World Trade Center was brought into the stadium at Salt Lake 2002. This honoured the memory of those lost.

  • George W Bush may have gone against tradition by adding patriotic words to the traditional opening greeting. He also used the opportunity to focus on his nation's gratitude towards the International Olympic Committee: "On behalf of a proud, determined and grateful nation, I declare open the Games of Salt Lake City, celebrating the Olympic Winter Games."

  • The opposer could research other case studies of politics influencing the Olympics in a positive way.








 
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