Sport sociology by Peter Craig; Paul A Beedie

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International Olympics Committees have taken this as a given and 6 wrestled with the nature if not the content of such delivery. Whilst it is often poorly identified, 7 frequently assumed, and always hedged about with the pragmatics of both national and 8 international demands, at the very core of the Olympic endeavour is an aspiration that is currently 9 articulated through the notion of legacy. 40 41 The Olympic brand It is claimed by many (the IOC, national governments, host cities, big business, broadcast media) that the Olympic brand has no negative connotations, but rather an association with such words as competitive, peaceful, multi-cultural, honourable and dynamic.

1 2 3 4 Sporting cultures 5 Post-war Britain was less obsessed with amateurism than had been the case in the early years of the 6 twentieth century. This is not to say that the issue had played itself out completely – this would take 7 another 30 years or more. However, the more egalitarian realities of post-war Britain did much to 8 erode the worth of, or indeed the need for, idealist amateurism. 9 The British model of sport around which de Coubertin had constructed the modern Games had 10 been replaced by the North American one.

Repeated extended sprinting interspersed with a rolling or running recovery, together with work on breathing control, helped to condition Zatopek in a manner that was well ahead of his time. Winning the 10,000m by three-quarters of a lap, he narrowly failed to take Gold in the 5,000m. Fanny Blankers-Koen, ‘the flying housewife’ A remarkable talent, Blankers-Koen was denied the ability to defend her world high and long jump records by the restriction of women track and field athletes to three individual events.

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