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the issue of 'honour' has been made laughable and i think therefore, irrelevent. the promotion of mistruth or outright con, for whatever reason, can hardly be seen as being honourable.
as far as the political ramifications of the games; consider the olympics as being a big party to which everyone is invited; but more importantly, it is a party that everybody knows everyone is invited.
it is quite a statement / snub, for you to then not attend. consider the 1980 games for example.
china has used every aspect of political suggestion in the run up to the games from the very moment it was announced it would be holding them. it is an effort to gain acceptance and inclusion to a global community.
it wasn't too long ago, that nobody was allowed to visit china....until that is, they allowed in US table tennis players to receive a sound thrashing. this allowed the first state visit of a US president in 1972. (research 'ping pong diplomacy')
it is publicly hoped, that on this grander scale, such a sporting invitation rolls out the carpet for even greater global interactions.
again, to suggest that there is no political role in the olympic games, is to dwell entirely on superficialities.
Just coz you don't understand it
Doesn't mean it makes no sense!