Assess this sentence: "What should be a celebration of individual ability and achievement has become a greedy institution that gobbles up public money and encourages...

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The tone of the sentence, especially within the context of the article, is negative. The author deplores what has happened to the Olympic Games. The author, Alexander McCall argues that the Olympic Games, which should bring nations together and prize the athletic prowess of individuals no longer does this. 

Instead, the Olypmpic Games now are about professionalism, commercialism and nationalism in the worst sense. In a words, the games are corrupt. The context of the sentence above is as follows:

"I have never understood why sports should be a matter of nationalism, but that is what they have become. Countries feel that they have to compete ruthlessly to get the games, no matter what this is going to cost them. What should be a celebration of individual ability and achievement has become a greedy institution that gobbles up public money and encourages profligacy."

In light of these words, it should be clear that McCall is railing on what the Olypmic Games have become. All nations are guilty. The original intention is now gone. There is definitely a sense of outrage. What McCall wants is change. 

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