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The tone in the article is one of hopeful reclamation of the spirit of Olympic competition. The main contention of the author in the article is the idea that the Olympics have lost their fundamental purpose of being the premier showcase for athletic talent. In the author's mind, the Olympics have become a grandstanding stage for nations to appear superior to others. In the author's mind, the spirit of athletic competition is not nearly as essential as the needs for the host countries to "outdo" the other other nations and use the Olympics as a vehicle for nationalism. This becomes the fundamental target in the author's mind:
The Olympics also encourage the very crudest form of loud, boasting, triumphalist nationalism. Individual achievement seems no longer to be the point: it is more a question of how many medals each country has won.
We need at least to reinstate a proper, modest sporting ethos. The Games should be conducted on a small, human scale. Symbols and strutting should be eschewed in favour of the celebration of individual achievement. In short, this monster needs to become human again.
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