Dangers For Olympics Essay

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What is the biggest danger facing future Olympics?1)It all started from the 1960 Olympics in Rome where they were the first games ever to be televised across the world. CBS paid $660,000 to film the games and footage was shown worldwide so that the games could be seen internationally. Some people on the international Olympic committee hated the idea of commercialistation, but they wanted the money as they were paid in huge sums of money. This brings in the factor of money. Commercialization brought a lot of sponsors and most important of all money. This helped politically and the country itself as more money meant better economy, even if it was for a short period of time. However it did take a lot of money to house the Olympics, yet another reason to commercialise the Olympics, so that they can afford to host them. In 1976 Montreal games, ABC was paying $25 million (which was a HUGE sum of money at that time) for the rights to broadcast the games, showing how much commercialization has paid off. The introduction of TV coverage also attracted sponsors which again had a lot of money involved and was great for the IOC and for the host city/country. As well as money, Politics also had a huge effect on the Olympic Games and from the 1930s the Olympics have been propaganda tools to 'show off' the host country or city.1936, Berlin the 1938 Olympic Games were intentionally awarded to Germany so the republic could show that it had regained its status among European countries. With the Nazis in power, however, Adolf Hitler used the event as a platform to prove his theory of racial superiority. His attempt failed as African-American Jesse Owens became the hero of the Games winning four gold medals.1948, London Following world war two, the Olympics took on a greater political significance as participation came to symbolise political recognition and legitimacy. Germany and Japan were not invited to London because of their war-time roles, while the Soviet Union was invited but did not show up. To limit Britain's responsibility to feed the athletes, it was agreed that the participants would bring their own food. No new facilities were built, but Wembley stadium had survived the war and proved adequate. The male athletes were housed in an army camp in Uxbridge and the women housed at Southlands College in domitories.The 1948 London Games were the first to be shown on television, although very few people in Great Britain yet owned sets. Though there had been much debate as to whether or not to hold the 1948 Olympic Games, they turned out to be great popular success. Approximately 4,000 athletes participated, representing 59 countries1952, Helsinki The Helsinki Games marked the beginning of Cold war tensions. West Germany participated for the first time, and the USSR returned to the Olympics after a 40-year absence. The USSR initially planned to house its athletes in Leningrad (now St Petersburg) and fly them into Finland each day. In the end, separate housing...

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