The Global Campus Debating team is enjoying taking part in Round 1 against Dover Court, Singapore. We are arguing against the motion that ‘Olympics are a waste of money’. We have been meeting during our weekly ASA to discuss the motion, share ideas, conduct research and compose our argument. Each section is then posted on the Global Campus Debating forum.
The children have been very interested in this topic and they have enjoyed learning more about the benefits of the Olympics, including referring to Beijing’s experience of hosting the games in 2008. We will be finishing round 1 in the next few weeks and the entries will then be judged by the Global Campus.
Please see below for our debate so far:
Greetings Dover Court! We are the Debating Bears from BSB Shunyi, we are against the motion that: ‘Olympics are a waste of money’. We believe that Olympic Games are not a waste of money because every country can take part and every person, rich or poor, able or handicapped, can enjoy this.
The Olympic Games promotes world peace, brings war to an end and saves lives which is more important than anything.
Finally, the Games promote a healthy lifestyle and saves money on doctors.
We look forward to debating with you.
1. EVERYONE CAN TAKE PART
The first reason why we believe that the Olympics are not a waste of money is because it lets all the countries to shine even if they are a small country or are a poor country. It can let all the countries enjoy the Olympics and it is fair for everyone.
This is supported by https://www.devex.com/news/what-the-olympic-medal-tally-tells-us-about-developing-countries-88683: “The beauty of the Olympics is that every country from all rungs of the development ladder, allowing states that don’t typically compete head-to-head in global commerce and trade to do so on the field, in the pool and on the track.”
For example, Kirsty Coventry has won 7 Olympic medals even though Zimbabwe is a poor country https://swimswam.com/kirsty-coventry-becomes-flag-bearer-zimbabwe/ .
Also in 2012 London Olympics, Montenegro won a silver medal. Montenegro is not even half of Austria but they won the medal. https://london2012cheerforindia.wordpress.com/tag/medals-tally-london-2012-olympics/
We think that this is the first step in improving these countries and making things fairer around the world.
2. IT PROMOTES PEACE
Our second reason why the Olympics are not a waste of money is because the games aim to make peace by bringing all countries, even enemies, to come together to compete. Some countries which are at war can stop fighting and compete in a peaceful way for a short time. It brings the whole world together for a festival of sports and friendships.
Although we know that the Olympics are expensive ($4.6 billion was spent in Rio https://qz.com/753250/rio-2016-is-hosting-the-olympics-ever-worth-it/) it is a lot less than the cost of war; in 2016 the world spent $14 trillion dollars on war http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/11682594/Global-cost-of-war-reaches-14-trillion-says-report.html .
If we keep taking part in the Olympics with other countries that are at war, we can help countries at war to make peace and stop fighting around the world, saving money and lives.
3. IT MAKES PEOPLE HEALTHY
Lastly, we believe that the Olympics are not a waste of money because they can inspire people to do more sports and to be healthier.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-rio-ioc-broadcast-idUSKCN10S1ZX says that “by the end of the Olympics, about half the world's population will have watched the Games” and so a lot of people in the world can be inspired by the Olympians and become more active.
For example, Michael Phelps, an Olympic swimmer, has started The Michael Phelps Foundation “Working to promote healthy, active lives, especially for children, primarily by expanding the opportunities for participation in the sport of swimming.” http://michaelphelpsfoundation.org/
If people become more active they have less chances of getting illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes and asthma http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise-and-chronic-disease/art-20046049
If people become more active, by watching the Olympics, and get healthier, they won’t need to visit the doctor or get medicine, which will save a lot of money in hospitals. Surely the cost of the Olympics is worth improving people’s health?
For these three reasons we strongly believe that the Olympics are not a waste of money.
We look forward to reading your debate.
The Debating Bears