The summer games in Rio de Janeiro are officially underway, but Canada doesn’t seem to be too excited.
It seems that there is a lot of apathy in the Country towards this year’s edition of the summer Olympics. One cause of this could be that people have grown tired of the ongoing scandals. This possible cause is supported by a recent Angus Reid survey, which found 83 per cent of Canadians think scandals have diminished what the games are really supposed to be about.
One only has to look at the recent news, before the games began, when there was the earth shaking announcement of the major Russian doping scandal.
There are also ongoing beliefs that the IOC is a corrupt body, so says the majority in the same survey.
It could also be, that so many talented individuals are not participating in these games because of the fear of the Zika virus.
Probably the biggest Canadian name to pull out of these games is golf star Rory McIlroy, who decided it was a risk he just could not take. We are not saying, there are not talented individuals at these Olympics, especially since local stars like Jessica Phoenix have decided to compete. But, however, the field has been diminished because of Zika concerns.
Could it also be that we are just not that into summer sports anymore?
On the world stage, we are a country that is best known for its hockey success. Everyone remembers the Sidney Crosby golden goal and Henderson’s winner for Canada. Yes, Canada is getting behind the Toronto Blue Jays now, but baseball is not a sport in these summer games, and will not be until they are hosted in Tokyo in 2020.
Whatever the reason is, it's too bad for the athletes, who have elected to represent this great country, that these games have been met with so many distractions and with so much apathy.
However, The Standard will continue to follow the progress of the local athletes bravely competing in Rio.
Oh, and Go Canada Go!
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