It is weird that some think the purpose of the Olympics should be political messaging.
American Olympians criticized the International Olympic Committee for its reiteration of a ban on protests at the Games.
And after doing political messaging, some lose sponsorships and complain of poverty. Athletes seem to misunderstand why someone offered to pay them money – probably not to promote political agendas and potentially upset future customers.
Athletics and sports are entertainment – and nothing more. The participants lose sight of this and deceive themselves into thinking they are something more than entertainment.