Daniel Halliday
Oct 8 · Last update 1 mo. ago.
Do the Olympic Games have a positive impact nationally and internationally?
Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games after a successful 2022 bid this week. There have however been many controversies and criticisms over the hundred years of the Games’ modern history, so are the Olympics still a force for good in the world?
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Occupying the grey area between an amateur and professional event is turning the Olympics into a symbol of inequality
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The Olympic Games is showing signs of failure
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National Pride rather than promoting sportsmanship
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The Olympics is exploitative of both athletes and hosts
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The overall effect of the Games is positive for athletes and audience alike
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Occupying the grey area between an amateur and professional event is turning the Olympics into a symbol of inequality

Olympics are beginning to and will continue to become a competition for the countries that have the most money to pump into its athletes, both figuratively and literally. Money provides athletes in richer countries with greater access to coaching, equipment, facilities, training time and even nutrition in some cases, making the affluence of an athletes country a large determining factor on success. Likewise countries are sometimes responsible for providing the cashflow to allow athletes to cheat, skewing the playing field even further, as can be seen with recent Russian state-run doping scandal.

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The Olympic Games is showing signs of failure

Looking into viewership alone makes the Olympics look like an event in decline. The recent 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea saw a 7% decrease in ratings compared with the previous event, making it the least watched Olympics on record. A similar pattern can be noted even for the more popular summer games, 27.5 million viewers for the Rio games and 30.3 million for the previous London games.

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National Pride rather than promoting sportsmanship

Since the beginning of the modern Olympics the ceremony has undoubtedly paralleled modern events and as a result become more than a celebration of sportsmanship. Historical events such as the Jesse Owens domination of track and field events in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, headquarter at the time of the nazi party, saw the olympics take on political undertones. This quadruple gold medal win by an African American under the nose of the nazi government was seen as a crushing blow to the Aryan supremacy myth. The Cold War was another period that marked wider events being intertwined with the narrative of the Olympics, which as a result has become more about national pride and less about sportsmanship over the years.

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The Olympics is exploitative of both athletes and hosts

The International Olympic Committee have turned this sporting event into a money making exploitation of athletes and hosts that only serves to benefit the IOC. In addition to having a questionable management team accused of nepotism and corruption, the IOC are effectively bankrupting the hosts while exploiting the athletes by not paying them. The Olympics is a business and a money grab, and does not promote sportsmanship, good will between nations or peace.

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The overall effect of the Games is positive for athletes and audience alike

The Olympics is the most famous and well rounded sporting events in the world, and in combination with the Paralympics, the most inclusive series of sporting events in the world. Although it started as an amateur sporting competition, it now gives a platform to professional athletes to gain worldwide recognition and boost their career in their chosen sport.

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