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Andrew Jennings: The Lords of the Rings, The Great Olympic Swindle | Games Monitor
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Confusion at 'unticketed' Olympic archery event in Lords
Subscribe to Independent Premium to debate the big issues Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Try for free Already registered? I decided to revisit this book in light of the current PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, so as to look back on an era of Olympic politics that is now well back in the past, and yet still relevant today.
The IOC and the Olympics are in a spot of bother regarding their future relevance and stability, and the first serious cracks that have turned into fissures and tremors today came from the work of Andrew Jennings and Vyv Simson. In some respects 'Lords of the Rings' is obsolescent due to the I decided to revisit this book in light of the current PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, so as to look back on an era of Olympic politics that is now well back in the past, and yet still relevant today. However the overall issues addressed by this book, such as the corporatism of the games, the empire building and political warfare that goes on within world sport administration, the problems of doping, the social cost of the great world sports festivals are all still with us today.
It would be fair to say that the IOC has attempted to engage in some reforms, though they did not occur because of a self-examination brought on by the airing of their dirty laundry by Jennings and Simson. However those reforms have been patchy and not negated the problems that Samaranch, Nebiolo, Havelange and other members of 'the club' exacerbated during their ascendancy. There are some concerns with this book in hindsight, re the varying quality of attributions made by the authors to the accusations they raise. At times 'Lords of the Rings' reads like a tabloid expose; however as shown by later events this expose was grounded in some serious factual information.
It may be argued that Jennings and Simson presented a simplistic and unrealistic vision of world sport and amateurism, and I find their construct of the Olympics belonging to the people being a bit too naive. It's also a bit of an issue for the authors to make too many claims for the 'goodness' of the Olympics pre-Samaranch; Berlin was hardly a shining moment in the IOC's history. It took some time, plus a few internal defections and US senate hearings, but Jennings and Simson were vindicated in outlining how venal world sport was and advisedly still is.
Li um livro com esse nome, mas era do Andrew Jennings ou algo parecido. View 1 comment. John rated it really liked it Feb 01, David Gooldy rated it liked it Oct 28, Axel Sandberg rated it really liked it Sep 29, Skilbeck rated it it was amazing May 14, Minerva rated it liked it Feb 24, Michael Miller rated it liked it Jun 03, Naki Stylianou rated it really liked it Mar 30, Izhar Khan rated it it was amazing May 18, Frederico Santos rated it really liked it Nov 16, Caroline Hutchinson rated it liked it Mar 08, Vivek Bhakhri rated it liked it Mar 30, Jack King rated it really liked it Feb 07, Rhys Alexander rated it it was amazing Aug 02, A must-read for anyone, whether in support of the Olympics or not; if you haven't already found it, this book gives us something to aspire to.
We should look to the past for inspiration for the future. Though the , and Olympics have plenty in common, the author discusses how the trials and tribulations of each games sets them, and their organisers, apart. From the games which no-one wanted to the costly battle for London , from post-war rationing to ostentatious sponsorship, the author compares and contrasts all three meets remembering the enduring, humbling ethos which bonds all three.
What makes this a great read too is the trivia sprinkled liberally throughout.
All in all an excellent way to get into the spirit of the approaching games. One person found this helpful. See all 4 customer reviews. There's a problem loading this menu right now.
Olympic archery misses the mark at Lord's
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