We are all old men and most of us long for a time less complicated. However, if we look critically our parents thought the same as did their parents before them.I just put it this way. I do not like what the Olympics have become and thus, the games no longer interest me. I don't know what else to tell ya.
The entire premise of the Olympics was, amateur. The olympics started as amateur events in 776 BC. Then in 1896 the IOC setup the world wide/country level olympics, again as an amateur sporting event.
You do not have to enjoy the olympics as that’s your right. I feel much the same about NFL, NBA, and MLB. I like them but not like I once did. I guess that happens once you look behind the curtain and see that the all might Oz is just some little fat dude with no magical power just tricking you with smoke and mirrors.
However, the olympics was never pure and never really amateurs. Where people compete, people wager and they cheat or as we used to call it “skirt the rules”.
As to those 776 BC games they were actually set up to be religious rituals and tributes to Zeus. Later it was stated:
“The games became a political tool used by city-states to assert dominance over their rivals. Politicians would announce political alliances at the games, and in times of war, priests would offer sacrifices to the gods for victory. The games were also used to help spread Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean”
Not so pure and not so amateur. As even amateurs need sponsors I doesn’t if there were ever any true amateurs in participation.
I‘d say give it a chance if you like to see fast running, jumping, and swimming why not? As stated, not a big fan of the NFL but I did watch and thought the Eagles v. Vikings game was pretty good, kinda old l if you will.