Olympic hypocrisy over Thomas Bach

September 12, 2013

Thomas Bach should be judged on his actions as president of the International Olympic Committee, not on what he might or might not have done to facilitate a boycott of Israel so far. But it does not look exactly promising. In his role as president of the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he clearly helped the BDS movement — a role which is surely incompatible with the so-called Olympic spirit. That said, his predecessor was hardly an example to be followed, refusing even to consider a moment of silence in 2012 to honour the Israelis murdered in Munich. In truth, the Olympics has always been fuelled by hypocrisy. That hasn’t changed.

Last updated: 4:45pm, September 12 2013