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Jacques Must Go!
PHILADELPHIA — In our Olympic epitaph, the most vivid image to me isn’t Michael Phelps draped in gold, or the relieved faces of the USA Men’s basketball team in their victorious run.
If my reflection could’ve been in a mirror at the moment International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt’s celebration after smashing the world record in the 100-meter dash was “disrespectful”, that would’ve been it.
For Rogge to go out of his way to trash this young man after he trained meticulously for four years to narrow his focus to one moment; and not only succeed, but overcome the odds — and the stop watch — to set three world records in three races was more ridiculous than racist.
But, make no mistake; the racist intent was there. Throughout the games, we had a wrestler toss his bronze medal away because he felt he had been jobbed by the officials; and not a peep from Rogge.
Questions arose regarding the age of some of the Chinese gymnasts; but Rogge is nowhere to be heard from. The father-in-law of an American coach is murdered in Beijing; but gets a muted, measured response from Rogge.
A Cuban martial artist drop kicks an official for what he feels is unfair treatment, and Rogge mumbles his displeasure as he disqualifies him from future Games.
But in the signature event, with literally the whole world watching, he insults The World’s Fastest Man for…winning.
And like the pompous parrot he is, NBC’s Bob Costas revels in the moment to cast his dispersions on the feat. Costas’ comments were passed like the baton in the mile relay to the scurrilous swamp sows at SportsCenter, who were happy to echo his sentiments.
After Bolt obtained his third gold in the 4×100 relay, the comments had died down, but the damage was done.
With one asinine statement, Rogge attained heights scaled by only the Nazi-loving bastard Avery Brundage, who chastised the Black Power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos in the 1968 Games, but welcomed the “Sieg Heil!” of Hitler and the host Germans.
A salute that is now punishable by arrest and imprisonment — in Germany.
Brundage’s hard on for the Nazis, however, pales in comparison to Rogge’s love for himself. Like most arrogant pricks, he truly feels he did the Games a favor by offering his opinion; when all he really did was expose more red herrings in his wordy elaborations of Bolt’s performance after the fact.
In that regard, Olympic management is no different than that of most corporations; with this glaring exception: most companies usually reward achievement, not berate it.
So this CEO of the Olympic Games has shown through his babbling and blurting, he is not ready for the responsibilities which come with the job. In the real world, this means your ass needs to be fired.
But like World Com and Enron, the dead weight at the top stays until someone does something so egregious that it brings the whole foundation toppling down.
Brundage’s cowardice and lack of objectivity in 1936 plunged the Olympic Games into the political morass it is now; and unctuous assholes like Rogge merely punctuate the politics by destroying the very spirit of the Games they profess to uphold.