Given the article below on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, how does the illustration by Andrew Dyson support the article?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Dyson's illustration speaks to some of the basic arguments that arise from the article.  Essentially, the primary call to action in the article i that the Olympics must be recalibrated to support the athlete, and must move away from the nationalism and commercialism that have come to dominate the games as best seen in the 2008 games in Beijing.  The illustration of the Olympic rings actually serving as nooses or a type of constraint that has captured the athlete speaks to this condition.  The illustration shows the athlete as being completely trapped by the symbol of the Olympics.  The Olympic Rings are symbolic of the spirit of amateur competition that are meant to highlight a love of the game. Yet, with the ensnaring of politics and money, it is the athletes that suffer, becoming pawns of systems and configurations that are beyond their control.  They simply want to compete and the author is suggesting that a call to action must be issued to ensure that this is re-instituted as the focus of the game.  This becomes the only way that the athlete no longer becomes prisoner of the Olympics and becomes integral to it.

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