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Since the inception in 1896 the Olympic Games has been used by nations and groups to make political statements.Discuss how the Olympic ideal has been undermined by social and political protest.

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Since the inception in 1896 the Olympic Games has been used by nations and groups to make political statements. Discuss how the Olympic ideal has been undermined by social and political protest. In attempting to answer the question I will cover the following points firstly defining the key terms. I will then give a brief historical overview of the issue of how the Olympic Games has been used by nations and groups to make political statements.Using examples from the Olympic games I will discuss how the Olympic ideal has been undermined by social and political protest. To conclude I will review the current issue of politics and the Olympics and where I think it will go in the future. The Olympic ideal is amateurism, playing for the love of sport not for the money. This is what De Coubertin believed the Olympics should be about, also he believed the Olympics should be used to bring countries out of war with each other and bring them together. ...read more.

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An example of this is in Berlin 1936 where Hitler tried to use the games to promote his super race. Devolution basically means independance, and this happened in Sydney 2000. Finally we have corruption, this happened in Salt Lake city 2002. The Olympic Charter opposes any political abuse of sport but ironically such occurences are not new. In 1916, the games were cancelled because of the first world war, this then had an effect on the next games in 1920 where five countries including Germany and Turkey were excluded because of their involvement with the war. In 1940, the games were cancelled due to the second world war, and in the next games in 1948, invitations to Germany and Japan were cancelled due to their involvement. The East German Machine was a development that grew out of the use of sport by the former state of East Germany as a tool of display and propaganda. The Suez Crisis of 1956 prompted the withdrawal of Egypt, Iraq and Lebunon, also Spain and Switzeland also withdrew that year because of the Soveit invasion of Hungary. ...read more.

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He was a black American who took the Olympics by storm, he won four gold medals and beat the blonde haired German, Lutz Long. In 1968 at the Mexico games there was a stand for black power and equal rights, this came through Tommy Smith and John Carlos after winning medals in the 200m sprint giving the gloved salute meaning 'Black Power'. In the games at the present day, the government play a major part in the Olympic games. They provide the money to place a good bid to host the Olympics and this is what has happened, London is hosting the Olympic games in 2012. I feel one day, the Olympics and sport in general will be the main thing concerned in sport. Already, in the government we have a sports minister, they control everything that happens in sport throughout the country and I feel the government when they give speeches to convince people to vote for them, one of their main points will be sport and how they will use it to bring societies together- "sport reflects society, society reflects sport" ...read more.

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