Application of the rule based thinking principle also sheds light on whether to

Application of the rule based thinking principle also

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maxima principle, and hence supporting the 2020 event in Japan is unethical. Application of the rule-based thinking principle also sheds light on whether to support the 2020 Japan Olympic or not. The rule-based thinking ethical principle focuses on the motive for an action as the basis of evaluating its moral stand ( Kidder, 2005 ). This differs from the ends- needs thinking principle that focuses on the consequences that action brings forth so that any action that brings forth desirable consequences would be deemed ethical and viceversas. Under the rule-based philosophy, the consequences of an action do not matter, and therefore an action may be considered ethical even if it brings forth undesirable consequences if it was executed in the right motive. Using this philosophy, the action of constructing an Olympic golf club on natural reserves may be excused because the intention was to enhance the effectiveness of the 2016 Olympics. While the activity had adverse consequences on the residents, the displacement of individuals and destroying water reserves was not the underlying motive, but facilitating the Olympic event was. Corruption and lack of transparency also marked the 2016 Rio Olympics compromising the social justice principles of fairness and equality that should characterize such global
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ETHICAL DILEMMAS 4 competition ( Moeckli, 2017) . For instance, Russian competitors were accused of doping activities and use of drugs to boost their performance, and surprisingly, the IOC did not take any disciplinary actions against the involved athletes ("Rio Olympics 2016: Russia not given blanket Games ban by IOC," n.d). Such favoritism and lack of transparency hinders fair competition and hence, compromises the denying goal of uniting the global society and nurturing talents. This hurts the interest of the majority, and hence supporting another Olympic event would be unethical, as it would probably cause a repeat of the negative consequences that the previous event brought forth to the community. The ethical basis of covering up the Russian employees that used doping activities in the 2016 Rio Olympics can also be evaluated through the lens of the rule-based thinking principle ( Kidder, 2005) . First, IOC cover-up for the Russian athletes focused on exempting them from any disciplinary actions and probably allows then to participate in future events. In so doing, the committee promoted unfair competition, where equitable distribution of opportunities was compromised. The motive of the whole ordeal was wrong, and hence the action was unethical.
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  • Spring '19
  • Thomas Meade
  • Olympic Games, Summer Olympic Games

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