Poll Results: Are the Olympics still relevant to international relations?

Last week, we asked readers: Are the Olympics still relevant to international relations? A total of 1,080 voters answered the question.

The majority of respondents — 833 readers, or 77.13 percent — said that, no, the Olympics are not important when it comes to relations between countries.

Only 14.44 percent (156 readers) said that the Olympics do affect international relations, while 8.43 percent (91 readers) said they were "not sure.”

The 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were delayed a whole year because of COVID-19 and concluded this past weekend. The United States, China, and Japan finished first, second, and third, respectively, for the most gold medals at the games. The US also finished with the most total medals.

The Olympics have largely served as a forum for countries to come together and put aside their differences in the name of healthy competition. There have been exceptions, however, such as the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, which Adolf Hitler saw as an opportunity to promote his views of racial supremacy. Of course, Jesse Owens, a black American, had other ideas and won four gold medals, becoming the most successful athlete to compete in Berlin and standing up to Hitler in the process.

Disclaimer: These polls are to measure the opinions of our readers, and the results reflect the views of those who choose to respond. These polls are opinion-based and not proven, nor based on scientific methods of sampling, data collection, and analysis. We encourage all readers to be informed and educated based on scientific methods of data collections.

Are the Olympics still relevant to international relations?