Olympic Charter a lie for many countries

“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter

The practice of sport is a human right.  Interesting.  Because I am pretty sure that Shooting is a sport and even has a number of Olympic events.  Yet this HUMAN RIGHT is denied a great number of people around the world.  One need look no further than the past 4 summer Olympic venues.

In the UK, handgun suppression for law abiding citizens is absolute and for 16 years was outlawed for even Olympian shooters.  Finally, in 2012, 27 year old barmaid Georgina Geikie will be the first to compete in the Olympic cartridge pistol event since 1996.

Of course, if she wanted to practice she still had to LEAVE the COUNTRY and train in Switzerland.

There were no exceptions: an up-and-comer like Geikie and a veteran like Mick Gault, who was awarded the Order of the British Empire as one of the most successful British competitors of any sport, both kept their guns in Switzerland and traveled there on weekends to practice. -NY Times

Shockingly (not really) Geikie finished 37th out of 39 competitors.

If I was an Olympian who had to leave the COUNTRY every time I wanted to practice I doubt I could do much better.

Before London we had Beijing.

Good ole, authoritarian, human rights violating China.

The long and short of it is that generally (barring connections) gun ownership in the People’s Republic (irony) of China is denied.

Then again, China could care less about human rights since they violate them all the time.

But in true gun controller hypocritical fashion, China fully allows its Olympians to practice with their weapons.  Perhaps “allows” is the wrong word.  That would be like saying Penitentiary  prisoners are ALLOWED to be on chain gangs.  Nonetheless, the Chinese shooting team won SEVEN Olympic medals.  Once again proving that if you are in power, have money, the right connections or BENEFIT THOSE IN CONTROL, you can shoot to your hearts content and be exempt from the law.

Athens Greece, birthplace of the Olympics.  In a country that barely manages to stay afloat it still has enough money to keep a full registry on the few guns they do allow the people to own.

Sydney Australia.  America’s cousin in the Southern Hemisphere.  A stark reminder of what happens if you let the gun controllers win.

From Conservativevideos.com:

  • Murders committed with guns increased by 19%.
  • Home invasions increased by 21%.
  • Assaults committed with guns increased by 28%.
  • Armed robberies skyrocketed with an increase of 69%.

I know this started with the Olympic Charter of the sport of shooting being a human right, but really, shooting rapists and murderers who are attacking you is a sport in and of itself and should be protected also.

Would the Olympic committee choose a country that refused to let women compete?  Or a country in which basketball or curling was outlawed and participants were tossed into prison cells?

Yet it seems that the IOC is just a hypocritical and corrupt entity that refuses to adhere to its own charter.

 Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind.

I guess if the IOC agrees with the discrimination (or at least rewards countries that do with hosting privileges) regardless of what that discrimination is, it that somehow makes it ok.

I think we lost the spirit of the Olympics somewhere along the way.




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