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Running head: ETHICAL DILEMMAS 1 Ethical Dilemmas Name Institution
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ETHICAL DILEMMAS 2 Ethical Dilemmas Kidder (2005 ) notes that ethical dilemmas require tough choices that operates in areas where professional regulations and laws do not reach. A decision on whether to support the 2020 Olympics in Japan is a perfect example of an ethical dilemma where either of the alternative cause of action would have undesirable outcomes at the societal level. On one hand, the underlying goal of Olympics is to bring people together while nurturing talents. However, the Olympics has been faced by numerous moral issues that raise questions regarding its worth at the community level. Examples of such problems include lack of transparency and unwarranted cover-ups for sportspersons involved in doping scandals and contributing to environmental degradation. Application of ends-based and rule-based thinking principles may help resolve the dilemma on whether to sponsor the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or not. The ends-based thinking principle of resolving ethical items is based on the utilitarianism philosophy that advocates for actions that produce the greatest utility to the community ( Kidder 2005 ). According to utilitarianism ethical philosophy, the right action is that which relates to the greatest good to the greatest number of people, and hence, executing such an action would bring happiness to the community. Contrary, an action that brings forth misery and negative consequences to the community is unethical and hence, should be avoided. Going by reports about past Olympic events, the competition favors individuals that are directly involved in the sports while hurting the broader community. Indeed, Olympics have been commercialized so that managers and sportspersons involved focus on the associated financial benefits as opposed to the overall effect on society.
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ETHICAL DILEMMAS 3 For instance, in 2016, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) built the Olympic golf course in a natural reserve, causing displacement of hundreds of people ( Rio, 2016). Consequently, save for degradation of the natural environment, the Rio Olympics caused mass suffering due to lack of water as the natural reserve was used for Olympic training. Enhancing the expertise of the athletes for the Rio Olympics at the expense of the community violated the utilitarianism ethical principle and hence, lacked an ethical basis. This is because it brought forth happiness for the few athletes that would be taking part in the Olympics and hurt the greatest number of people. Generalizing this experience would imply that the Olympics does uphold the maxima principle, and hence supporting the 2020 event in Japan is unethical.
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  • Spring '19
  • Thomas Meade
  • Olympic Games, Summer Olympic Games

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