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This is a great question. The author, Alexander McCall, is livid with what has happened to the Olympic Games. He argues that there are three major problems. First, instead of allowing amateurs to play and compete, there is is now a professionalism that harms the sport. There is also commercialism, which threatens to destroy the Olympic Games. It is more about money and he suspects that this will continue. Finally, the Olympic Games instead of promoting unity among nations breeds the worst kind of nationalism.
The third paragraph uses some of the strongest language. Let me give you two examples. The bold word will be my own emphases:
The Olympics, alas, have become the antithesis of all this. The rot set in with those fateful politicised Berlin Games, when Hitler used the Olympics in an attempt to prove German superiority.
And we all know where that led: to the hothouse training of children chosen to become athletes, to the flouting of the rules on amateurism, and, of course, to suspicions that some of those well-built Soviet female athletes were not quite what they claimed to be.
As you can see, the tone is sarcastic and filled with vitriol.
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