• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Contemporary Studies section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Contemporary Studies essays

  1. Sport and society

    All these companies were part sponsors of the Football 2006 world cup. As there were millions of viewers world wide they would have excelled on a finance level by selling more of their product. Here are some of the jobs Football can offer on a local base such as a club like Crystal palace.

  2. Obesity in todays society

    Inactivity Physical inactivity is one of the main reasons for the increase in obesity among people in wealthy societies. It is also a common cause of obesity as people age. Inactive people need fewer calories. When physical activity increases, food intake usually increases.

  1. You are to develop and discuss what requirements are needed to carry out effective, ...

    To protect the freedom to enjoy climbing and mountaineering activities and to continue to introduce people to the sport one must understand the law of negligence and liability and must also constantly remind all participants about the hazards and risks, and actively promote the culture of personal responsibility and self-reliance.

  2. Success depends on group cohesion, discuss.

    Team Factors. When you put the same people in a close geographic location over a significant period of time, a group is formed that has five significant components (roles, norms, stability, goals and rewards and communication). These parts become contributors to the success or failure of a group in meeting goals.

  1. We Gave Sport to The World - Social Aspects

    Queen Victoria also introduced the custom of having half-working days on Saturdays and early closing for shop workers on a Wednesday. With the extra time that factory employees now had they started to develop factory sports facilities and have sponsored work teams.

  2. Sport in society

    There are 3 main categories of sports providers, private, public and voluntary. The providers of sports facilities have changed quite a lot since I started playing sport. When I was younger I would take part in PE in primary school.

  1. Baron Pierre de Coubertin had an ideal of bringing people together through sport. Does ...

    It soon changed from "competing" to need for winning and I believe this is where the question is false. Coubertins Olympics was about the sport and bringing people together, but soon politics began to rear its head in the event, something I believe should be left out of sport all together.

  2. Threats to the Olympic Ideals

    sports and athletes, and? lead the fight against doping in sport? (?Ancient Olympic Games: n.pag). [7] The original ideals were based on upholding good sportsmanship and fair play and still hold true today (Guttmann 12).[8] Although this committee closely regulates the rules, many athletes and even entire countries have tried to slip past the rules and continue to seek loopholes.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work