The summer Olympics 2012 was indeed one of the most memorable, yet controversial event ever. The whole word is now a days taking about the aftermath of the Olympic moments. Some of these moments were heart breaking, while others just bewildering. After watching the 2012 summer Olympic Games it is evident that professionalism is quite a sticky issue for most of the world Olympic athletes. You might remember the case of Jim Thorpe who was one of the most celebrated and tagged super athlete of his times. Soon after the Olympics, it was found that he was eligible to be annulled from the Olympics as he has been playing professional baseball and football games. Same is the case with some athletes of the summer Olympics. It was because of the foul acts and game plays of some of the athletes in different Olympic Games that the Olympic spirit was close to being destroyed. Here is the list of the 10 most worst and controversial summer Olympic moments.
10. America Lost To the Soviets
You might have heard about the biggest rivalries in the history of the world between Americans and Soviets. So, 1972 gold medal contest between the two basketball teams was all but just a basketball match. Some even called it a match between democracy and communism, freedom vs tyranny and much more. In the start it looked like America had the upper hand, but suddenly Soviets mobilized to turn around the outcome of the match. Ultimately, the soviet team emerged successful after beating the uncontested and unbeatable American basketball team. The event had led to a number of political and public outbursts, but for what use.
9. The Black Power Protest
Olympics are indeed the biggest stage used for expressing one’s political grievances and plights. Something quite similar had happened in the 1968 olympics games. Two Black American sprinters had won the Gold and Bronze medals respectively in Mexico City were the spotlight figures of this controversy. Do not forget that it was the times of the black civil rights movement in the United States. So, seeing this open opportunity the two black sprinters raised their fists in support of the civil riots taking place in the country. Soon after the event much controversy and resentment emerged, after which the Olympic Committee even ordered to remove the both from the U.S team which did not happen.
8. Ara Abrahamian’s Child Pay
Known as the Armenian/Swedish wrestler and former world Champion, Ara did something which he was going to repent on for the rest of his lives. All this had happened in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in which after losing the match, he tossed his bronze medal to the ground in front of the podium and left in disgust. Soon afterwards, he made a statement to the media that all the officials are corrupt and immoral.
7. Angel Mato’s Super Kick to The Referee
At number 7 we have the Super kick delivered by Angel Mato, not to the opponent but to the referee. Can anyone believe that this kind of egregious behavior was seen from the side of the 2004 Taekwondo Olympic Champion. All this had happened when he was disqualified from a bronze medal match. The essence of the olympics was truly ripped apart by this man. What’s more nihilistic is the fact that the crowd was also cheering him in this.
6. The 1980 Olympic Boycott
Although the top nations of the world constantly claim that politics should never be a part of the olympic game spirit. But they have nothing reasonable to say about the 1980 olympic
games boycott in Moscow led by the United States of America. Alongside the United States, China, West Germany and Canada also did not attend the games.
5. The 1984 Olympic Boycott
The head line of this boycott led by the Russians and aligned countries was that the holding the 1984 olympic games in the criminal U.S is a destruction of the olympic spirit and charter. Clearly, it was a response to the 1980 boycott. The countries which did not attend the olympics included Cuba, East Germany, Albania, Iran and Libya. Now where was the international unity at the times of the olympics.
4. The Steroid Wave
The Olympic athletes work day and night tirelessly for gaining the edge over all other athletes. But there are also those who want to gain more than just an edge. The cases of doping are not something new, as a very similar case was reported in the 1960 Olympics. In these games, The cyclist Knud Jensen had suddenly lost consciousness in one of the events. The fall was so brutal that it broke his skull. He died soon after the accident. Later onwards, it was revealed that he had been using some high doses of performance enhancing amphetamines.
3. The Munich Massacre
Terrorism is not the growing issue of these days, as it had been there in the times of 1972 Olympic Games. The prime targets of the massacre were the Jewish Israeli officials who were a part of the 1972 West Germany Olympic Games. The attack was led by a Palestinian Liberation Organization who managed to infiltrate the rooms of the Israeli officials and athletes, managing to take nine of them as hostages. Their demands were the release of their fellow Palestinians. The German Authorities tried to lure them in a trap, but failed. In the end, all the 9 Israeli hostages had been murdered alongside 5 of the attackers.
2. The Atlanta Games Bombing
Billed and known to be the games of Unity and Peace, The Atlanta Games, Georgia were subject to yet another terrorist attack. The attack was carried out using a number of pipe bombs having sharp and needle like nails in it. The master mind behind the bombing is believed to be Eric Robert Rudolph. The bombing killed 2 people and injured nearly 111 of the spectators. Hoping to shut down the games, the bomber had made a lot of planning. Contrary to this expectation, the games continued delivering a big slap to this mad man.
1. The Lip Syncing China Girl
The opening of the Beijing Olympic Games was marvelous and enamoring. What’s more enthralling was the featured motherland song which was apparently sung by Lin Miaoke. Everyone was pleased to see this beautiful little girl sing which such great efficacy. In reality, the tender voice was of a 7 year old girl named Yang Peiyi. What’s more abhorring is the fact that the Chinese officials did not consider the personality of Yang suitable for the opening ceremony. How sad is that for the country who claims to be the most moral and goodwill of them all? How’s that for the worst summer olympic moment.