125 years ago, on April 6, 1896, in Athens, the first Olympic Games of our time, after a centuries-long hiatus, solemnly opened – the result of the activities of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), established at the International Athletic Congress in Paris on June 23, 1894 at the initiative of the French Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who two years earlier, he prepared and read at the Sorbonne for the 1500th anniversary of the last Olympic Games of antiquity (392) the report “The Revival of Olympism”. As you know, in 393, Emperor Theodosius I by his decree canceled the holding of the next, 293rd Olympic Games in 396 as a “demonic”, pagan holiday, therefore the purpose of Coubertin’s report was to resume the Olympic tradition after a half-thousand-year break. And he and his comrades-in-arms, including representatives of the Russian Empire (General Alexei Dmitrievich Butovsky, founder of the Russian National Olympic Committee), succeeded in doing this.
True, without the support of the Greek Queen Olga (nee Princess Olga Konstantinovna Romanova) and her son Prince Konstantin Glucksburg, later the “King of all Greeks”, neither the Games of 1896, nor the “extraordinary” games even more important for the success of world Olympism or the “intermediate” Games of 1906, without which, by all accounts, world sport could not only be left without the Olympics, but generally not take place as a phenomenon of world culture and economy of the twentieth century.
However, as stated by a number of researchers and is not denied by anyone, the entire “Olympic” project from the very beginning was parapolitical (even more specifically – Masonic) in nature. The corresponding symbolism is seen in the interlacing of the five colored rings of the coat of arms of the Olympic Movement and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and in the ceremony of handing over the Olympic flame, and in the oath of the Olympians, and in their motto “Citius! Altius! Fortius! ” (“Faster! Higher! Stronger!”) And in the Ode to Sport (1912), written by the same Coubertin, with a rather long work of nine free stanzas, which are most often quoted on the first lines of each stanza:
About sport! You are delight!
About sport! You are an architect! (where is without an architect?)
About sport! You are justice!
About sport! You are a challenge!
About sport! You are nobility!
About sport! You are joy!
About sport! You are fruitfulness!
About sport! You are progress!
About sport! You are the world!
The history of world sports and the world Olympic movement over the past 125 years makes it possible to doubt each of these theses separately and, accordingly, all of them together.
For example, the expression “O sport! You are the world! ” As you know, in ancient Greece all wars and other conflicts ceased during the Olympic Games; it was a religious mystery of worship of Zeus and other gods of the “Olympic pantheon”. In the modern history of the Olympic Games, the opposite is true – during the wars, they were canceled, and the upcoming competitions in Tokyo were shifted by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Let’s not forget about the boycotts of the Olympic Games: in Moscow in 1980, the reason for which the United States and its allies called the invasion of the Soviet wars in Afghanistan, and the retaliatory boycott of the “countries of the socialist camp” (with the exception of Romania and Yugoslavia) in Los Angeles in 1984. And we don’t even have to talk about the current situation in the IOC – there is no peace under the Olympic rings. However, as there is no justice or nobility under them.
The International Olympic Movement, under whose franchise an entire global empire of professional sports grew up, pursued commercial goals, among others, even in the days of Coubertin and under his personal influence from the very beginning. But a stanza that would begin with the words “O sport! You are profit! “, The author of” Ode to Sport “either did not write, or hid it from the public. By the way, money is brought not only by advertising, not only by the contributions of the national Olympic committees to the IOC, but also by state programs for the development of various sports, the construction of sports facilities around the world and – perhaps most importantly! Is a giant bookmaker business.
It is no coincidence that Baron Coubertin in every possible way opposed the involvement of the Soviet Union in the Olympic movement (where since 1928, in spite of the bourgeois Olympics, class-sustained proletarian republican, all-Union and international Spartakiads were held), but openly supported Hitler’s Germany and did everything to ensure that the 1936 Olympic Games years passed in the capital of the Third Reich (from the material filmed there, director Leni Riefenstahl edited the film-mystery “Olympia”, released in 1938).
By the way, neither the death of Coubertin in 1937, nor the Second World War changed the pro-Nazi sympathies of the IOC. I have already noted the amazing fact that the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the period 1936-1972. were taken mainly by countries that were on the side of the Third Reich.
Of the ten planned Summer Olympic Games of 1936-72, there were six of these, and out of 8 held Games, the Olympic flame was lit in 5: in addition to Berlin-1936, these were Helsinki (1952), Rome (1960), Tokyo (1964) and Munich ( 1972). Of the ten Winter Olympic Games (eight were held), at least seven were planned to be held in the allied states of the Third Reich, seven were planned, five out of eight also took place: Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1936), Cortina d’Ampezzo (1956), Innsbruck (1964), Grenoble (1968) and Sapporo (1972).
The capital of Norway, Oslo (1952), is not included in this list only because it is considered, despite the government of Quisling, an occupied country on whose territory German troops were stationed. But on the whole, the trend of those years is undeniable and understandable.
Postponed for a year due to COVID-19, the 2020 Olympic Games (their emblem seems to depict just the coronavirus), the 32nd in a row since the beginning of the new Olympic era 125 years ago, is scheduled to be held in Tokyo July 23-August 6, 2021 of the year. Russian athletes will have to perform on them not only without a flag, coat of arms and anthem, but also, almost certainly, in an atmosphere of obstruction by exclusively Japanese spectators who will demand “the return of the northern territories.”
“Oh sport! You are politics! ”,“ Oh sport! You are discrimination! ” – these stanzas are simply necessary in the modern version of “Ode to Sport”. And Olympic sports – including. He’s just like that today.