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Since the inception in 1896 the Olympic Games have 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 have 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. I will give a brief historical overview of how politics has been involved with the Olympics in the past. I will then discuss how the Olympic ideal has been undermined by social and political protest. To conclude I will say where I think the issue will go in the future. ...read more.

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Hitler Wanted to used the games to prove his theory of racial superiority. He failed in his attempt. He was frustrated by Jesse Owens because he won four gold medals in the 100m, 200m, long jump and the 4 x 100m relay. After WWII the Olympics were looking forward to a peaceful celebration of the Games. In 1948 at the London Games the communist countries competed together for the first time but Germany and Japan were not invited due to there roles in WWII. The Olympic ideal is amateurism, playing for the love of sport not for the money. ...read more.

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The government play a big role in the Olympic games at the moment. They provide the money to bid to host the Olympics because of this money from the government London is hosting the Olympic games in 2012. I think politics and the Olympics will always be closely connected because the Olympics is such a big event . In our government we already have a sports minister who controls the way sporting situations are carried out. One of the governments main points is sport and how they will use it to bring societies together- "sport reflects society, society reflects sport" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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