Ray Hanania’s The Arab street Podcast

08-18-16 Are the Olympics fair?

August 22, 2016

Ray Hanania's column/commentary podcast. August 18, 2016

Originally published in the Southwest News Newspaper group (Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News Herald, The Regional News, the Palos Reporter newspapers)

Are the Olympics fair? A look at the disparity of the various nations, from the rich to the poor, and how that directly impacts the competing athletes

By Ray Hanania

I know that the Olympics are probably as political as a Chicago election. It’s not just about talent. It’s about who you know that gets athletes onto Team USA.

It’s even worse in other countries.

But I have a higher conscience that I just can’t abandon.

This year, 205 nations sent athletes to the Olympics. But the battle for Gold comes down to a handful, the richest, the most powerful and the most influential: The United States. Russia, China, Great Britain. Canada, France, and most of the European countries and a few of the Asian countries, including Japan.

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