The Olympics today are not the modern Olympics that started again in 1896. They are the opposite of those Olympics.
The Olympics of 1896 promoted internationalism, humanism and amateur sports. Today, the Olympics promote nationalism, corporatism and professional sports.
Rich countries spend billions of dollars to win medals. They use their victories to promote nationalist and even war agendas. Instead of amateur athletes, we have professional atheletes who are paid millions of dollars to train 365 days a year with coaches and scientists paid millions of dollars to make sure they win at billion dollar facilities. The men and women produced are much more cyborgs than persons. Publicity agents and hired journalists are paid millions to create “compelling stories” around them. The “joy of sports” has been replaced with the “pain of sports.”
The Olympics no longer have ideals, it is just another capitalist money-making spectacle.