Sarah Burke was responsible for introducing the women’s halfpipe event in the Olympics. A freestyle skier, Sarah Burke unfortunately died two years ago due to an accident while training. Her fans and fellow skiers had taken to wearing stickers in her honor. However, these have been banned by the IOC for their supposedly political nuances.
Sarah Burke carved a place for the women’s halfpipe event in the Olympics. However, she died a tragic death recently while undergoing rigorous training. Everyone, from her supporters to fellow skiing stars, has started wearing stickers commemorating her achievement.
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But the IOC has stepped in with its pomposity and banned any display of the stickers at the Sochi Olympics. They categorically state that the stickers are a political statement and so their display would not be appropriate at such a venue. This seems to take the matter too far since showing support and camaraderie for a fellow athlete who has passed away is not in the least bit political.
Several supporters would have liked to have worn Sarah Burke stickers on their helmets as they traversed the snowy travail at the Sochi Olympics. But the ultimatum by the IOC has come in the way. The decision by the IOC was taken in accordance with the Olympics charter.
Sarah Burke’s mother appeared before the media to complain of the unfair and callous decision. She will be attending the Sochi Olympics. Watching the skiers will be a bittersweet experience since it will revive memories of her beloved daughter who is no more with her.
Source: Yahoo Sports