POL 101 Research Proposal Manuel R. Garcia Propaganda and Political Influence in the Olympic Games: how much political influence do these games have on our lives? How do nations use the Olympic games as a means to facilitate political and economic benefits in their own nation? Paper Outline The Olympic games are without question the biggest and longest standing series of sporting events that has survived in our history. The games were always seen to be laden with political influence since their very emergence in our modern view with their origins in Athens, Greece. The stage in which the Olympics are held is the perfect catalyst for a country to demonstrate their abilities and nationalistic fervor, which can lead nations to acts of propaganda and political influence.
Furthermore, the economic impact of the games is also felt by the local population directly as many of the residents around the Olympic Village are relocated, and are not usually offered a fair compensation. Jules Boykoff who is an American academic, author, and former athlete mentions in one of his articles, "Organizers of the Beijing Olympics adopted the slogan, 'One World, One Dream, ' but the dreams of more than one million people who were displaced to make way for Olympic venues and infrastructure were hardly realized." Similar observances were made in the Rio Olympics when poor residents of the favelas were evicted from their residences. This highlights the disruption caused by the games in the daily lives of the local residents. The economic cost faced by the locals do not stop here; during the Olympics inflation rates are observed to become high in host cities making it difficult for locals to afford most goods and services.
The 1920 games were the VII Olympiad and had 29 countries compete in many different sports. Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire were not invited since they lost World War I. There were no new sports, but since these games predated the Winter Olympic, there were 10 winter sports that countries competed in as well. The United States won these games with total number of 95 medals which included 41 gold and 27 silver and bronze medals. Then, in 1924, France hosted the VIII Olympiad in Paris and saw 44 countries and nations compete.
The worldwide feminist movement is striving for recognition and justice for all. The Olympic Games were first held in Athens, Greece in 1896 and allowed men-only competitors. Women were most certainly welcome, but only as spectators. This was due to the fact that Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympics, believed that a women’s anatomy wasn’t cut out for sports at such an extreme level. - “No matter how toughened a sportswoman may be, her organism is not cut out to sustain certain shocks.” It was only in 1900, during the second Olympic Games, that women started to compete.
Overwhelming Greed in the Olympics With millions of dollars at stake hosting the Olympic Games, the bidding to be selected has never seen such a large pool of countries. Big and even small countries alike both have the chance to rake in a bountiful profit by hosting the two-week long sports extravaganza. However, the chance to host the games is being damaged by greed because International Olympic Committee (IOC) members expect bribes, local Olympic Bid Committee members cannot seem to resist the temptation to provide them and in the end the Olympic Games are corrupted. The Olympic Games are an outstanding sporting event that has brought people and countries together since it was reborn in 1896, with what we call the modern Olympic Games. Baron Pierre de Coubertin, a French aristocrat who is the founder of the International Olympic Committee and considered the father of the modern Olympic Games, once said, “The important thing at the Olympic Games is not to win but to take
A main reason for the higher cost were due to the events of September 11th, that made Olympic host increase the amount of security needed. However, they only built 3 venues (Utah Olympic Park, Utah Olympic Oval, and Soldier Hollow) for purpose of the Olympics all other venues used were already existing structures. However, unlike Sydney, Salt Lake City made an estimated profit of $101 Million, nearly doubling their estimate of $56 Million (Bloomberg News, 2002). Currently all Olympics venues that built for the Olympics are currently still being used for Olympic training as well as for recreational use the buildings that were currently there that Salt Lake City rented are also still in
Cities around the world bid millions for the chance of hosting the world’s greatest athletic event: the Olympic Games. Tokyo, Japan spent $150 million to bid for its spot as the 2016 Summer Olympics host, but it ended up losing that bid and the millions of dollars (McBride 5). When Boston had the chance to bid for the 2024 Olympics, many Bostonians were protesting against the Olympics in Boston (Gregory 2). Their anger stems from the negative effects the Olympics bring to its host city. In Montreal, the Olympics inundated the city a $1.5 billion debt (McBride 3).
"Running, long jump, shot put, javelin, discus, and equestrian competitions" are some of the many Olympic sports played many centuries ago. While these sports were made for entertainment purposes, they were also helpful for ancient civilizations.The Games had a religious and political significance and helped Greek historians and writers to keep track of time. These games were very important to history and to this very day The Olympics were held in honor of the Greek gods. They revolved around their myths and beliefs. According to the article "Preparation and Training for the Original Olympic Games" by Hailey White, " the original Olympic Games were in honor of Zeus, the Greek God of Thunder" and on " the first day out of the five was set for the opening ceremony and sacrifices to the gods" The competitors were required to take an oath in front of the statue of Zeus promising that they had trained for ten months prior.
One could say it’s from the public while others says it’s from sponsors. According to “The Guardian” both of these statements are correct. In the 2012 London Games the money came from the central government (which involves taxes paid by the population and organizations), sponsorships from around the world, national lottery, the International Olympic Community, and TV broadcast rights. Hence it is understandable that the population is questioning, whether the taxes paid are used in an economic matter, because if it is not used economically, then clearly it would be a waste of
Gyuyeon Kwon World History 10 Robert Givich Oct 25, 2015 Imperialism in South Korea Is it possible to say that Japan gave Korea some advantages during Japanese colonial rule? From 1910 to 1945, Korea was under Japanese rule, and it is often said that “Japanese colonial rule was a deeply ambivalent experience for Koreans”(CENTURY). Moreover, some people might think Japan definitely gave some positive effects to Korea, because Korea in nowadays is developed after undergoing Japanese colonial era. However, it is hard to determine Japan helped Korea to develop thanks to their invasion and practices. The reason why it is not completely proper to say Korea was supported by Japan is, even though Korea became advanced and modernized, they were terribly