Dear Loveland Magazine Readers,
I do not think P&G or America should pull their participation from the Olympic Games in Russia simply because of the Russian policies that Americans may not agree with. (Julianne Howell to P&G and employees, "Pull your sponsorship from Russia’s Olympic games.")
The point of the Olympic Games is to bring all peoples together in celebration and competition. Boycotting the Olympics is an incredibly offensive gesture, even if it is for clearly stated reasons. The idea of the games is to mix cultures, not create hostilities over our differences. Politics and athleticism should not be mixed. These athletes have trained their entire lives to be a part of the games, and by boycotting the games, their chances of being there in the name of their country and their people are destroyed.
The statements made by boycotting the games may be widely accepted by Americans, but the action of boycotting them is too high a cost just to make a political statement. Not participating in the games should be a decision left to each individual athlete as a statement of their own, not one made by major corporations or the home nations of the athletes.