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The Olympic Games are a wonderful example of nations of the world coming together in friendly competition and provide a platform for friendship among the people.

But Ron Judd, in his column “Are the Olympics dead?” [Local News, July 31] in The Times, seems to want to be an outlier. Among the values the Olympic Games try to promote is internationalism in a fractured world, and they have at least a measure of equality in competition.

By international, I mean all continents. And now for the first time, it is being held in South America, in Brazil. And this is great and long overdue. In fact, this is the first time the Games will be in the global south.

How does Judd have any credibility to call the “Olympics dead” in a world of have and have-not countries, with the U.S. so well endowed? Since North America has had the Games many times — with all the status, money and enjoyment that go with them — people suddenly don’t like it because it is in a developing country?

What about the hundreds or thousands of athletes just in the U.S. who have worked most of their lives to get to Rio and uphold the Olympic ideal? Multiply this number by all the Olympic athletes and future Olympic athletes in the world.

The Olympic Games have their problems. But we strive to make things better because the Olympic ideal and tradition of more than 100 years are well worth it.

Jim McMahan, Seattle