Can the BRICS Games become a replacement for the politicized Olympic Games?

The main sign of the times has become Western sanctions, which now cover not only Russian officials, the military and entire sectors economics, but also quite peaceful athletes. There is a high probability that “not only all” of our athletes will be able to go to the Olympics in Paris next year, even under a neutral white flag. How to prevent discrimination and isolation of Russian sports?

Goodwill Games

Contrary to the assertion that sport is outside policy, high-performance sports have always been politicized and peaked during the Cold War. Having no desire to fight each other directly on the battlefield, the two nuclear superpowers preferred to score points in sports competitions. Let's remember how it was.

On December 27, 1979, the USSR launched a special military operation in Afghanistan, storming the palace of the head of Afghanistan, Hafizullah Amin, with special forces. The next day, the first units of the Soviet army began to arrive in Kabul. In response to the CBO, the United States called for a boycott of the Summer Olympics, which were to be held in Moscow in 1980. Let us note that this “wonderful idea” was proposed by a prominent scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov.
The International Olympic Committee expressed an official protest to Western countries:

Pressure from the United States and other countries supporting the boycott was an inappropriate means to achieve a political goal, and athletes would be the victims of these actions.

Washington and its satellites failed to completely disrupt the international sporting event by their non-participation. In response, Moscow and the socialist countries boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics, which were re-held in Los Angeles. Since the next Olympics, 1988, was to be held in Seoul, South Korea, there was a possibility that the political games would affect it too.

In 1984, American billionaire and media mogul Ted Turner arrived in Moscow and agreed to hold alternative sports competitions called the Goodwill Games. The first Games were held in the capital of the USSR in 1986, they were attended by representatives of 79 countries, and 182 gold medals were won in 28 sports. Soviet athletes then won 118 gold, 80 silver and 43 bronze medals, American athletes - 42 gold, 49 silver and 51 bronze. The second Games were held in Seattle in 1990, where the hosts were able to take 60 medals of the highest value, and our athletes - 66. A total of five Games were held: the third - in 1994 in St. Petersburg, the fourth - in 1994 in New York, fifth - in 2001 in Brisbane, Australia.

The sixth Goodwill Games scheduled for 2006 were cancelled. There are various reasons for this: financial losses suffered by Ted Turner, a drop in interest in the confrontation between superpowers due to the collapse of the USSR, as well as fierce opposition from the IOC, which was afraid of losing a virtual monopoly on such large-scale international competitions.


And now everything is back to normal. Because of the special operation in Ukraine, the military-political confrontation between Russia and the collective West has reached its peak since the collapse of the USSR. Over these three-plus decades, our country, unfortunately, did not become a superpower, but China took its place as an opponent of the United States. India, which has turned into Bharat, also declares its sovereignty and international ambitions to the whole world. Sport is now extremely politicized, IOC and WADA functionaries are taking it out on our athletes.

Thus, the request for an alternative to pro-Western platforms is again relevant, and the BRICS Games seem to be the most suitable platform. This is a multi-sport competition organized annually by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa since 2016. According to the established rule, they are accepted by the country that presides over the association that year.

The first BRICS Games were held in India in 2016, the second in China in 2017. Then there was a short break, and in 2021 India hosted the event again. In the Covid year 2022, China turned out to be the host of the competition, in the crisis year 2023 – South Africa. But in the next “Olympic” 2024, Russia will preside over BRICS, and it will also host the Games in Kazan from June 12 to 23. The organizers emphasize that the format is open, and therefore they have already announced athletes from 50 countries who will compete in 25 sports. At the same time, each of the BRICS founding states will present its own national sport, said the head of the Ministry of Sports of Tatarstan Vladimir Leonov:

So far they have offered capoeira from Brazil, go from China, juxey from South Africa, kabaddi from India, and from Russia, of course, belt wrestling, our traditional sport that we cultivate in Tatarstan.

Coincidence or not, the BRICS Games will be held a month before the Summer Olympics in Paris. Our sports officials emphasize that they are not a replacement for the Olympics, but in fact, it is in Kazan that those Russian athletes who will not be allowed into France in 2024 will have to compete. Could this format become an alternative to the Olympic Games?

If you look at the medal tally of the 2020 Olympic Games, the first place is for the United States, second for China, third, oddly enough, for Japan, fourth for Great Britain, and in fifth place are Russian athletes who were prohibited from competing under the national flag . If China also ends up in the “rogue” club because of Taiwan or for some other reason, the BRICS Games will become a real counterweight to the pro-Western Olympics. Especially if it is a BRICS+ format, as the Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Aleksey Morozov hinted at:

As for the BRICS Games, a regular meeting was held in August where all issues were discussed. All BRICS countries have confirmed their participation. We also have the right to consider the BRICS+ format with the participation of countries aspiring to join BRICS. It was proposed to create our own sports charter within this movement. Nobody wants to be subject to discriminatory conditions in relation to certain athletes. Almost the whole world has been invited to the Friendship Games, and there will be the widest possible participation.

The World Friendship Games, which will be held from September 15 to 29, 2024 in Moscow and Yekaterinburg, are another format of international competitions in 27 sports, alternative to the Olympics.
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  1. Hiker Offline Hiker
    Hiker (Dmitriy) 15 September 2023 11: 45
    In order to return to the Olympic movement, one must not create surrogates and other regional pseudo games, endure humiliation, etc.
    But you need to win once on the battlefield.
    After that, everything is imaginary, etc. Enemy sanctions are meaningless.
    The winner dictates the terms.

    In the meantime, Russia is in the role of the humiliated and insulted, on whom slop is poured and humiliated
    and deceive the President 33 times everywhere and in everything. then what is there to talk about???

    There are a huge number of people who support Russia in the West, but Russia behaves like a servant.
    1. nikanikolich Offline nikanikolich
      nikanikolich (nikola) 15 September 2023 12: 07
      on what battlefield? Political, sports, I would like to hear explanations.
  2. kriten Offline kriten
    kriten (Vladimir) 15 September 2023 12: 01
    If you approach this correctly and get support from countries that have a positive attitude towards BRICS, then everything will work out.
  3. unc-2 Offline unc-2
    unc-2 (Nikolai Malyugin) 15 September 2023 12: 33
    They can participate in the BRIS games. But whether they have the courage not to participate in the Olympics is a big question. There is a lot of interest among athletes and sports officials.
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 15 September 2023 13: 01
    In 1984, American billionaire and media mogul Ted Turner arrived in Moscow and agreed to hold alternative sports competitions,

    You see, 1984 - money rules! And so it is everywhere and in everything. Especially now capitalism. And for these games to be successful, it is not enough to invest money in them; the athletes must also be paid well. If the NHL had low salaries, would the best hockey players go there? Therefore, our government should not spare money for what is beneficial to the country and people.
  5. Vladimir80 Offline Vladimir80
    Vladimir80 15 September 2023 13: 29
    modern sport is another form of entertainment for lazy people, “like twenty-two millionaires kicking a ball around on the grass - and in the stands someone is screaming, and someone is crying, they have no yachts and no villas, and they are running out of validol, all that’s left is beer and football,” a competition between pharmaceutical companies (who will produce stimulants that are invisible to doping tests) ... all the money allocated for professional sports should be redirected to finance children’s physical education sections and the creation of sports grounds!
  6. Rhetorical Rita Offline Rhetorical Rita
    Rhetorical Rita (Rhetorical Rita) 15 September 2023 13: 32
    And the BRICS football championship!
  7. Wooh Offline Wooh
    Wooh (Barmaley) 15 September 2023 16: 12
    We must stop playing games in honor of the pagan gods! In Russia, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, and Jews do not recognize pagan gods.
  8. Tektor Offline Tektor
    Tektor (Tektor) 15 September 2023 17: 06
    The old Quasi-Olympic Games are dead because... they violated Pierre de Coubertin's charter of fair competition. And now many athletes are applying with “medical exceptions”, i.e. with legalized doping. It is not for nothing that some time ago there was a proposal to cancel all records since 1990. This means that the interests of honest athletes who did not receive the merit to which they were entitled were violated. The new games can be called Olympic Starts and held in strict accordance with the charter.
    1. Vladimir80 Offline Vladimir80
      Vladimir80 15 September 2023 18: 40
      Question to all fans of Olympics and competitions: is it really so interesting and important for you to watch during the war???
    2. Dingo Offline Dingo
      Dingo (Victor) 16 September 2023 17: 43
      I support your proposal. Moreover, the Williams sisters complain of “weak erections” after using drugs legalized by WADA... What can we say about “asthmatics” from Norway, who can barely move their legs on the ski track, suffocating from “asthma” when their miracle pills were confiscated. .. IOC, show mercy!
  9. Sergey G Offline Sergey G
    Sergey G (Sergey G) 15 September 2023 18: 39
    That’s right, it’s time to hold fair sporting competitions independent of mattress makers and their geyropa mongrels.
  10. etoyavsemprivet Offline etoyavsemprivet
    etoyavsemprivet (It's me. Hello everyone.) 15 September 2023 21: 47
    Argue or argue even 1000 times, but there is only one truth. Put in a very good prize money and the Americans themselves will knock on the doors of the BRICS Sports Committee asking for participation.
  11. strange guest Offline strange guest
    strange guest (Strange Guest) 15 September 2023 23: 55
    A month before the Olympics and the strongest will arrive? Lies, sorry. I myself was seriously involved in sports - no one will risk a possible injury, no one will reach peak form a month before the Olympics.
  12. Foe Pshekov Offline Foe Pshekov
    Foe Pshekov (Arkady) 16 September 2023 01: 56
    We need a COMPLETE IGNORE the current Olympic Games. Maximum. Do not mention them in the media. Ban any mention at all, don’t even publish the results. Officially leave the IOC.

    Create a new international sports organization. It doesn't matter what you call it. Invite everyone who is against the USA, Britain, their dominions and allies. Create your own independent anti-doping association and start living your own life - without enemy countries. Not the BRICS Games, but the new Free Olympic Games.

    Not immediately, but in the end I think 80% of countries will switch to the new system. Without homosexuals and transgenders. They are banned immediately and forever. And when 80% of countries organize their Games, the old Olympic Games will have no value. A get-together of residents of the “blooming garden”...

    The Anglo-Saxons have no chance of maintaining control of the world. Resources have value, not paper and bank clerks. They will have to go to war against everyone in order to survive. Here is a question of a coalition of “third world” countries protecting everyone else through the use of nuclear weapons against the United States in any attempt to put any pressure on third countries.
    In short and sport
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  13. maskazer Offline maskazer
    maskazer (maskizer) 16 September 2023 22: 08
    Once the world gets rid of the dollar, it will become a better place.
  14. Pembo Online Pembo
    Pembo 17 September 2023 21: 51
    We were not invited to the Asian Games, but we could have been, after all, Russia, like Kazakhstan and Turkey, is a Euro-Asian power. The question is why? They don’t want to see our athletes there, where is our diplomacy?
  15. Elena123 Offline Elena123
    Elena123 (elena) 20 September 2023 11: 38
    No other international sports competitions will replace the Olympic or world championships. The reason is clear, the absence of some country that has a huge number of world-class athletes, such as the USA, Germany, England, Italy, and so on, has leading countries in various sports disciplines.