While fraudulent cost of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has been strongly criticised, as has Russian President Putin’s involvement in using them to promote his own administration, the fact that has to be swallowed by the games’ detractors is that the Sochi Winter Olympics have been an outstanding success.
Television viewers around the world have been enthralled by the performances of the competitors with winning nations being especially proud of their winners both male and female. While protests over gay rights in Russia threatened the games at one stage, at least in one way these Olympics have been a good force for social change. A mark of this progress was that women were, at long last, allowed to compete in the ski jump with their own competition.
Actually, of course, it is not really the competitors or even politicians that that have benefited most. In fact, in such a worldwide television event the real winners are the television and satellite companies that broadcast live high definition television pictures and get money for doing so.
Comment by David Todd: We don’t mind the TV and satellite companies benefiting – just so long as human rights, the sports themselves, ...