The Olympic Games provide a unique platform on which governments can use to make a political stand. Over the years many countries have refused to participate for political reasons in the form of organised boycotts. After the success of the political negotiations over the Seoul Olympics in 1988, it was believed that in the future, we will see more of the IOC becoming a powerful political force, particularly with it’s involvement with the UN and the Olympic truce. However, the uproar over the staging by a politicised Brazil and the IOC reticence over Russia and its doping scandal, has led to new claims that the IOC is just another example of the many large institutions and grouping of the world today that fail to live up to their responsibilities. Fair or unjustified comment?