Analyzing Why Boxing And Equestrian Dressage Should Be Removed From The Olympic Program Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Sports Type: Essay Paper: #34168510 Related Topics: Most Dangerous Game, Olympics, Sports Sociology, Sport Injury
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¶ … Boxing and Equestrian Dressage Should Be Removed From the Olympic Program

Boxing has for a long time been one of the main games featured among the dozens of Olympic sports since 1904. However, 8 years before Boxing was featured in summer Olympics of 1896 in St. Louis United States, the International Olympic Committee had removed the sport from the Olympic program, arguing that it was too risky. However, the sport was very popular in the U.S., thus was re-introduced in the 1904 games. Moreover, controversy has surrounded the presence of Boxing in the Olympic sport ever since, with many calling for the game to be removed completely from the Olympic Games. This essay looks at a moral perspective that would support the said removal (Matthews, 2011). Another sport that has caused a bit of disagreement among the committee members is equestrian dressage; an event similar to triathlon that involves the use of horses to show-jump and run across a field with different obstacles. Though, the sport is often enjoyed by the wealthy, it is perhaps one of the most dangerous games to both the rider and the horse in the summer Olympics. A slight miscalculation in jumping the obstacles can cost a rider his life (Cooke, 2012).

The Olympic Ideal

The Olympic charter states that Olympism is a way of life that exalts and tests the mind, body and will. That Olympism combines sports with education and culture, creating a competitive program that rewards effort while focusing on the respect for fundamental moral principles. The charter further states that the objective of Olympism is to use sport for the peaceful development of humanity, with the aim of developing a harmonious society...


The sportsmen in these games have to fight and likely harm their opponents for them to be rewarded. Thus, how can these two sports be in harmony with the Olympic Charter? (Matthews, 2011)

Olympic Boxing

Philosophers have come up with a moral principle to enable man gauge the possibility of harm to others through the estimation of its likelihood or benefit to others. This is the principle of welfare for others. A component of developing this principle involves learning how to separate good moral from bad. One of the key pillars of this principle is that it is unnecessary to cause harm to others, instead one should strive to do good for those around him or her (Matthews, 2011).

However, in boxing, things are completely the opposite. The idea of the sport is that the athlete should try to punch his rival and at the same time avoid getting punched by the rival. The punches are often directed towards the head and the abdomen (Wacquant, 1992). Many boxers competing in the sports often try to win the game early by throwing heavy punches so as to knockout the opponent. In other words, to win at boxing, one must hit his opponent as hard as he possibly can. This presents a moral dilemma, as Davies (1993) puts it, boxing is the only sport that allows one to legally harm his rival. Thus, how can one reconcile such a sport with the Olympic ideal of respect for universal ethical principles?

Training in boxing involves learning how to cope with pain and suffering. Thus, those for the game have argued that knowing how to cope with pain and suffering can increase dignity and lead to…

Sources Used in Documents:


Ball, C.G., Ball, J.E., Kirkpatrick, A.W., Mulloy, R.H. (2007). Equestrian injuries: Incidence, injury patterns, and risk factors for 10 years of major traumatic injuries. Amer. J. Surg., 193, 636-640.

Cooke, S.V. (July 28, 2012). OLYMPICS, Equestrian Eventing: The Olympics' Most Dangerous Sport?

Davis, P. (1993-94). Ethical issues in boxing. Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, Vol. XX-XXI, 48- 63.

IOC, (September 2015). Olympic Charter, retrieved from on 26 January 2016

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