Monday, January 11, 2010

FIFA vs the Olympics, Togo vs Israel

The shooting of the Togo soccer players and the reaction of FIFA bring me back to the black days of September, 1972, and the attack on the Israeli athletes at the  Munich Olympics.

After a short break from competition and a rather tepid memorial ceremony run by the Olympic Organization, the games then resumed, but Israel wasn't threatened with sanctions for leaving.

Togo has been threatened with sanctions for leaving with their living and unwounded players.

OK, there's a difference between the mostly competition of individuals vs team competition. But how could FIFA expect the Togo team to continue?


Keli Ata said...

Forcing the Togo team to continue is not only grossly insensitive to their grief, it's cruel. Downright cruel.

goyisherebbe said...

Nowadays if something happened to Israel in the Olympics they would probably do the sanctions. Anything they can possibly do against Israel they will. Times have changed.

Batya said...

Keli, shockingly so.
goyish, yes, things are worse, but why is Togo being punished? They're the victims.