August 13, 2013

Politics and Competition

Hot topic of the day seems to be Russia's draconian approach to "public displays of homosexuality" in its country and whether or not Olympians are going to compete in the 2014 winter games.  Got me a thinking about the importance of competition; the potential for a soapbox to make a statement; how would I feel if I was a gay/lesbian athlete in that situation; and the role politics plays in competition of any kind.  What would I do?  What would you do? 

So if you have a moment... chime in on the poll to your right and let me know if you would compete in your martial art, in a country such as Russia that is blatantly perpetuating homophobic hate mongering and violence against those that are different.  Would this affect your decision to compete in your sport, or do you not concern yourself with the political and social laws and acts of a given country when it comes to competition?

As for what I would do... still mulling this one over, but overall my tolerance seems to be waning for intolerance (yes Prof. Sturm... I realize that is a form of intolerance in itself!  Work with me... I am a flawed human) of any kind.  I believe that you should be able to do whatever you wish in the privacy of your domestic dwelling as long as it hurts no one else without their consent.  I also believe we all have a fundamental rite to live a life unharassed.  Last I checked Bert and Ernie being crazy gay lovers was hurting absolutely NO ONE!  So what right does Russia, nor any government, have to impose their view of how a couple should be arranged??

I am a peon in the only sport I compete in... Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  I have no voice and no one would notice if I was here nor there.  But as I grow older (the "wiser" part is debatable) I feel even small voices together make a loud shout, and regardless of what country it is, I think I would choose not to compete, and contribute to the economy of, any country that enacted such asinine laws.


  1. I was 16 years old training in Boulder Colorado when Jimmy Carter decided to Boycott the Moscow Olympics. they put me on a bus and sent me back home to Corpus Christi, TX.. all that training and hard work, and it was the closest I ever came to competing in the Olympics in Track and Field.

  2. Bummer Alvis. I was thinking much more individually, not so much as a country.