Sochi Olympics ‘14 – Celebration or fear?

For many sports fans around the world, the Olympic Games are meant to be a celebration of competition and culture, but in recent years a sense of fear and public displeasure has surrounded the summer and winter games.

This year, with the games being held in Sochi, Russia, public outcry has grown louder and louder due to the anti-gay laws and racism that runs rampant in Russia.

But that’s not the main reason that the public support for the Olympic Games in Sochi is so low.

More than 62 percent of the public listed security concerns as the main factor for being skeptical of the ‘14 Sochi games, according to a recent 2014 Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Dating back to the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, security has been a primary concern for major events all across the world. Sochi is no different.

Already, the sense of security has been tested as a plane had to be landed in Istanbul after a hijacker tried directing the plane to Sochi.

The Olympics are about celebration, not about living in fear.

Many even believe that the decision to host the Olympic Games in Sochi was seen as a power move by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

More than 5 percent of voters said that Putin, and the government of Russia in general, was their reason behind their skepticism.

Four percent of people listed the treatment of gays/lesbians and racism as their main concern surrounding the games.

But, in the end it all gets traced back to security concerns. The Olympics are the biggest event in the world.

This makes the games a huge target for terroristic organizations.

With the threat of attacks on the games seemingly at an all-time high, it’s up to the Russian government and the International Olympic Committee to step up and protect these world-class athletes and their families.

Let’s hope that we can remember the 2014 Winter Olympics for what they are: a celebration of sports.