Not content with barring the US men’s hockey team from sporting such controversial political language on their gear such as “support our troops” (perhaps because room wasn’t made for the counter-argument “frag their officers”, the weenies at the IOC now have their panties in a twist about the Canadian women’s hockey team celebrating their gold medal win with beer and cigars.
On account of teh children!!1!®, no doubt:
Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s executive director of the Olympic Games, said that drinking in public was “not what we want to see” from athletes at an Olympic venue. The organization will investigate the actions and will speak with the international hockey federation and Canadian Olympic Committee and ask them to “act accordingly.”
Steve Keough, a spokesman for the Canadian Olympic Committee, told the Associated Press, “We condone celebrations. … We don’t condone actions of irresponsibility. I think Canadians understand it’s quite an emotional moment for our team. It was not our intention to go against any IOC protocols.”
To be sure, the Canadian women’s hockey team should have acted with more class and been a little more discreet with its celebration. But to do something drastic like ban the team from the Closing Ceremony or force them out of the Olympic Village would be an overreaction. In past Olympics we’ve seen steroids, political boycotts, cheating and judging scandals. A few puffs of a cigar hardly seems to be in the same league.
There’s a tendency for bureaucracies to take themselves rather too seriously, and to hew to the dour principle that everything which is not compulsory must be forbidden. It’s tiresome.