Summer Olympic Games and Red Army Faction Essay

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BERLIN 1926
The 1926 Olympics in Berlin saw the introduction of the torch relay, in which a lighted torch is carried from the Olympia to the site of the current games for two weeks in August 1936, Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Dictatorship camouflaged its racist, militaristic character while hosting the summer Olympics having rejected a proponed boycott of the 1936 Olympics. The United States and the other western democracies missed the opportunity to take a stand that some observers at the time claimed might have given Hitler pause and abolstered international resistance to the Nazi tryranny. With the conclusion of the games, Germany’s expansionists’ policies and the persecution of Jews and other “enemies of the state” accelerated, culminating in the World War 2 and the holocaust. It was the most controversial of modern Olympics in history.
MUNICH 1972
The controversy of this Olympics was mind blowing and unbelievable when the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics had Jacques Rogge the athlete fighting with his conscience over weather to carry on completing or not. Shortly after the crisis began, they demanded the release of 234 prisoners held in Israeli jails, and the release of the founders of the German red army faction, who were held in Germany prisons. The attackers were apparently given logistical assistance by German neo Nazis. Five or the eight members of black September were killed by police officers during a failed rescue attempt, the three surviving attackers were captured, but later released by west Germany following the hijacking by black September of the Lofthanasa airliner.
CHINA 1940
The 1940 china summer Olympic Games are a non-event because they never happened. Promoted by the Japanese organsitions since the early 1930s decided on by the IOC in the 1936 and given up by the Japanese in 1938. They were soon forgotten, overshadowed by the war with china and the second war. When the Tokyo Olympics, the first ones in Asia, finally took place in 1964, few recommended and few cared to mention the unpleasant circumstances under which the previous attempts to hold the games there was conceived and abandoned.
MEXICO 1968
The only controversy that happened was on October 16, 1968, Black sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the gold and bronze medalist in the men’s 200-meter race, took their places on the podium for the medal ceremony wearing black socks without shoes and civil rights badges, lowered their heads and each defiantly raised a black-gloved fist in the air as the star spangled banner was played. Both of them were members of the Olympic project for human rights. Some people felt that a political statement had no place in the international forum of the Olympic Games. In an immediate response to their actions, smith and Carlos were suspended from…