Author: M. G.
Boycotting an Olympic Game is not a joke. And it's not something that you say just because you think you're right. You have to face all the other possible different points of view. What about the people, like me, that think a boycott of Russia Olympics Winter Games in Sochi should be done? And what about people that think the opposite? Politicians, sponsors and athletes to start with. When it comes to such issues, ideals and morals must confront with political, economical and personal interests. In my opinion, economics and politics should follow ideals and morals while, when it comes to people's personal stories, you have to do more than just create a slogan.
If you think about the personal history of an athlete, for example, it is mainly a more-than-ten-years-long session of hard and constant work, with the only aim to have the chance to be in the most important competition in the world. With which words, talking about which values, can a nation say to all these athletes that they will have to wait for other four years to prove their worth in front of a worldwide audience?
On the other side, there are all the stories of those whose personal and human rights were violated because of the recent Russian authorities' decisions. And I am not talking just about the LGBT community, since many people from Georgia, Chechnya and many Russian journalists or activists, would have many things to say about this issue as well -if they weren't dead already...
Without the Olympic Games, the personal life of an athlete would not have nothing to deal with the story of Vladislav Tornovoi, for example, a 23-years-old gay man murdered in May in Volgograd. From the condition of his corpse - which I don't describe but you can read about it here - there is no doubt of the homophobic nature of this murder.
When you are on an international stage, then you also face what the world is and, in this particular case, what Russian government and society is. Whatever an athlete will say or do in public, he or she will always have a personal opinion about it too. This is the moment to face personal beliefs, values and priorities and to make a decision. Nobody can force a boycott and nobody can interfere with the personal choice of somebody else, but in these situations, silence is the biggest and most dangerous statement of them all.