Fairness and justice in the olympic movement
University of Wales
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The argument put forward will be that fairness and justice in the Olympic Games and the wider Olympic Movement have been tainted. This will be constructed around three main chapters. First, an account of the structural injustices within the IOC. Beginning with a brief history of the organisation and an examination of the ways in which its presidents have abused their power, followed by an evaluation of the Olympic Charter and the IOC’s membership list. The second chapter, entitled ‘Economic Injustice’ will focus firstly around the problems with professionalism in the Games. It will then highlight the issue of many countries offering their athletes money for medals, and the problems this leads to in terms of unfair training facilities, differing levels of motivation, and athletes changing nationality for money. The third chapter, ‘The Sport Of Politics’, will firstly focus around the political inequalities surrounding National Olympic Committees (NOC’s). It will then evaluate how globalisation and commercialism have negatively affected the Games. Finally, it will be argued that the Olympics have become a political toy for some nations, and that the Movement cannot be claimed to be politically neutral. A final chapter will then offer some solutions to the problems that have been addressed, and go on to conclude by suggesting where the future of the Olympic Movement may lie.
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