• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10

Olympics More Than Just A Sport

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

In the 21st century, today we look at the Olympic Games as much more than just a sporting event, especially since time has moved on and we have so much understanding for the games. For the British Museum in London I'm going to prove that "The Olympic Games are more than just a sporting event". In my exhibition I'm going to look at five main areas that could be seen as using the games to show some historic moments by using the Olympics as a platform for boycotts, racism and to raise awareness on certain issues that proves the Games were and still are more than just a sporting event. Pierre de Coubertin (see to the right), founder of the Modern Olympic Games said "Racial distinctions should not play a role in sport." As well as then going on to say "Sport is the habitual and voluntary cultivation of intensive physical effort." This is how he wanted the Olympic to be, a place where understanding of other races were respected and all sport and medal achievers won because of their own effort and not with the help of anything else. As the years went on, and more Olympics took place the world saw what Pierre didn't want to happen. To show the Games were used and still are used to raise international significance I am going to look at four main areas, these being Racism, Terrorism, Cold War, as well as the recent Olympic Games, Beijing 2008. I have chosen these topics because each on represents something different and hopefully will prove that theses Olympic Games are more than just sport. Racism My first topic is on Race in the Olympics, and Racism has occurred more than once in the Games for many different reasons, one incident that happened to prove that the Games were more than just sport occurred in 1936 at the Berlin Olympics which was also known as "Nazi Olympics". ...read more.

Middle

In 1953, Joseph Stalin, former Russian leader died, and in 1956 Khrushchev became the communist leader. He was harsher towards the American ways and their demands to change than Stalin, as everyone had the impression that their new leader would be fairer, but he wasn't. Because America was a capitalist country, and Russia and many Eastern block countries were Communist, both sides thought each other ruled over the country the wrong way, and both wanted to change so they could rule over their countries the same way. This meant his was more forceful on many Eastern Europe countries. He made the Hungarian leader Rakosi resign, and made Hungry have a bad year as of the bad harvest, fuel shortages and many other points. In fact, because of this, in October of 1956 many Hungarian Citizens took the streets of Budapest, the capital and began to protest for their freedom, more food, the removal of Russian control and secret police. Poland, who were also under Communist Russia had already protested and been granted more rights, so Hungry followed likewise because they thought their new leader would be fairer, but obviously he wasn't . Although, whilst Hungary was rebelling and the Hungarian Uprising had just begun, the 1956 Melbourne Games were just round the corner. Except by now, the Soviet Army had already killed 5,000, and nearly had half the population flee. By now, the Olympic had begun, and water polo, one of Hungary's best sports was underway and they made it into the finals. At the Melbourne games, who were Hungary met in the finals of water polo? But their rivals Russia. Here, what the world was about to see would be one of the most violent, politically charged encounters in Water Polo match history. As the Hungarian and Soviet Union players took to the water, and the game was underway, the game turned itself more than a match of sport, but a match of memorable, physical and political effort. ...read more.

Conclusion

Although these stages of the Torch relay were shown through News television channels and Newspapers, making the world known, Website were also set up in protest, making a worldwide view of this. To get people around the world take what was happening more serious, the website changed Beijing's Olympic Games slogan to "Lose the Propaganda, Share the Truth". What was all this for? For the Human rights act of China, and protests and Olympic Torch boycotts were made because of this. China's government at the moment stands as not letting China have their own say. http://torchrelaybeijing2008.org stated on their website "One World, One Dream" is China's Olympic slogan. But the reality of China's occupation of Tibet is a nightmare. Right now thousands of Tibetans are being arbitrarily detained, beaten and killed for speaking out for freedom. At a time when Tibetans are living under a climate of fear and being detained, beaten and killed for peaceful protests, parading the torch through Tibet will only provoke tensions and lead to further suffering." Throughout the history of the Modern Olympics, the Olympics is certainly much more than just sport, it happened in the past, making significant plots in history, and today, this year's Olympics, part of it showed it was more than just sport, Beijing 2008 showed many protest against the China Government, and wanted them to change many ways, and because of their ways not to change, Boycotts were planned on their torch relay to show them and the world, that these Free Tibet campaigners did not find it acceptable, and the only way to show this, and to show the world how bad it had got, the Olympic Torch Relay was taken over by protestors making a political statement to the whole world. This is why the Beijing Olympic Games were more than just sport, but it was used to show how China could put on the best Olympics in history and to show the world that they were wrong to get these games because of their Human Rights. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects 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 GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Who was a better leader, Joseph Smith or Brigham Young?

    Both of the Mormon leaders also had failures. Joseph Smith's strong temper got him into jail twice. He was also too ambitious, and his ideas of polygamy ruined the Mormons' peace in the land they were finally free in.

  2. Black Country Museum

    Another inaccuracy was the sunlight. In the Industrial Revolution the streets and houses would be dark this is because no sunlight could get into the narrow streets, so no light could get in the houses. This could not be replicated in the Black Country Museum because there were only four houses.

  1. What is Terrorism?

    The purpose of this attack was to gain publicity for their cause and to strike fear and terror into the hearts of American civilians which assists them further in their campaign to fight for their beliefs and their destiny. Both of these attacks are classed as urban terrorism since they

  2. 'Law and Order in the American West'

    Vigilantes: A negative contribution to reducing lawlessness and violence: Even though vigilantes may have been successful in compensating for the absence of reliable law enforcement officers in the early west and often made a positive contribution in some cases by ensuring everyone abided by the law and punishing wrongdoers, they

  1. The San

    and settled to grow crops and tend their live stock. These Europeans came with guns and discriminated and reduced a vast number of the hunter-gatherers. The settlers ambushed them in a degrading manner. The San were forced to relocate to remote areas where faming was very difficult and were not allowed to speak their native tongue.

  2. In what ways were the lives of children on the home front affected by ...

    this isn't useful because children during this time always learnt new things so this is shown in many other sources and also that many children were evacuated and wrote about their experiences at this time. In some ways this source is good because it shows that children didn't know apples

  1. From the evidence available, trace the development of the Jewellery Quarter in the ...

    As jewellers worked mainly with small items, they needed as much light as possible so that they saw what they were doing and didn't make mistakes. A bay window was an ideal way of ensuring that they could get more natural light.

  2. Describe the plans to demolish the almshouse to make way for a road widening ...

    So the church had to get involved more and help the people that needed it. 3. Croydon covers an area of 34 square miles and is the largest London borough by general population. Central Croydon is the public centre of the borough and houses the largest office and retail centre in the south east of England outside Central London.

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