President Trump’s executive order involving banning travel from several outside countries could significantly impact the 2024 US Olympics.
There has been much commotion over Trump’s proposed travel ban. According to CNN Politics, the order will ban refugees from 7 countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. The question is now, how will this affect when the Olympics come back to the United States in 2024?
The U.S Olympics welcomes athletes from across the world and this ban would have a direct impact on this. An article on US Today elaborates on the topic. The governing body of the Olympics states that it was founded upon, “notions of diversity and inclusion, of opportunity and overcoming adversity.” This travel ban goes against this idea. It’s actually the total opposite. The U.S Olympic Committee is doing everything to fight this and ensure that each country will be able to participate. In a statement attributed to USOC chairman Larry Probst and CEO Scott Blackmun…
“As the steward of the Olympic Movement in the United States, we embrace those values,” the statement read. “We also acknowledge the difficult task of providing for the safety and security of a nation. It is our sincere hope that the executive order as implemented will appropriately recognize the values on which our nation, as well as the Olympic Movement, were founded.
I hope that this order is not executed at all. The Olympics have been around forever and to have that taken back would be devastating. However, the U.S Olympic is working with the government to assure that the athletes and sports officials from all countries can travel to the U.S for competition.
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