As the world’s sportsmen and women meet in Rio Di Janeiro, I ponder on what Pierre De Coubertin might have thought about an International Olympic Committee that repeatedly snubbed the sport that is widely acknowledged to be the ‘world’s healthiest sport.’

Perhaps he would reflect that the modern Olympics has no need of a sport that is deemed to be the ‘healthiest’ and the ‘fittest.’

Perhaps he would reflect that the organizing powers might feel uncomfortable with healthy and fit athletes. 

Or that perhaps they no longer recognize those attributes as being laudable.

Perhaps Citius Altius Fortius is no longer necessary.

He would have to accept that the Olympic Committee no longer strives for those very ideals that he founded the modern Olympics upon.

He would have to accept that in the modern world there are limits to the Olympic Ideals – that giving up on excellence is Ok and that not trying is acceptable in the face of pressure.

Oh well – I guess Squash will have to strive for its own Olympic Ideals.

Is it a fair question to ask whether or not the modern Olympic organization merits the title Olympic? Are they truly pursuing De Coubertin’s principles?
Richard Millman

Aug 9th 2016.

Published by millmansquash

Richard Millman, a world renowned Squash Professional, has trained children, high school students, and adults to achieve all levels of proficiency and realize the enjoyment they derive from squash. A multiple time National Coach for the United States, Richard has steered many teams to championships and successes! His students include British Junior Open Champion, Michelle Quibell, as well as multiple National junior and adult champions. With his wife Pat, England’s 2010 Captain of the Ladies over 55+ team, and 2010 US National Champion over 55, Richard brought his vision and enthusiasm for this sport to the United States. A regular contributor to Squash Magazine, Richard is also the co-author of "Raising Big Smiling Squash Kids," with Georgetta Morque, and "Angles, A Squash Anthology." Richard's 30 year love for Squash is infectious. His love for kids is infectious. Put these two loves together, and you can't help but want to get involved as well.

One thought on “Olympic?

  1. The IOC has long ago abandoned their stated olympic principles and is following only one principle: profit. Given that hypocrisy, perhaps it is time to Squash the Olympics.

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