Controversy and the Olympic Games Analytical Essay by Klc

Controversy and the Olympic Games
Exploration of various themes of controversy in the Olympic Games.
# 128010 | 2,172 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jun 23, 2010 in Sport (Olympics)

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This paper explores various themes of controversy surrounding the Olympic Games, including commercialization, technological performance enhancers, and doping. In the case of commercialization, the paper explains that since modern revival of the Olympics, organizers have found difficulty in collecting necessary funds, making commercialization into one of the most enduring controversies in Olympic history. The paper asserts that the Olympics will never be able to live up to the ideal of its creator, judging from its past record of controversy; it seems as though the possibility of a peaceful, fair and cooperative sporting event has been eclipsed by motivations of money, political agendas, and personal greed. The paper concludes that only if drastic changes are made by the International Olympic Committee, governments, and individuals, will the Olympics ever succeed in one of their primary goals to create a way of life based on the joy of effort, the educational value of good example, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

From the Paper:

"Performance enhancement has also tainted the purity of the Olympic Games. At the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Ben Johnson won the gold medal in world-record time of 9.79 seconds. Two days later, Canadian Olympic officials received a letter from the IOC stating that Johnson had failed his urine test. Later that day, a second test confirmed traces of the banned steroid stanozolol (CBC). According to Richard Pound, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, "Antidoping is now the most important issue we face" (Saporito). WADA identified record 25 athletes using performance enhancing drugs at the Athens Olympics (Saporito). New substances are being introduced that attempt to give athletes the same edge without being detected."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barney, Robert Knight, Stephen R. Wenn, and Scott G. Martyn. Selling the Five Rings: the International Olympic Committee and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism. Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 2002. Print.
  • International Olympic Committee. Olympic Charter. Lausanne: International Olympic Committee, 2007. 7 July 2007.
  • Martin, Brian. "Ten Reasons to Oppose All Olympic Games." The Green Left [Melbourne] 22 May 1996: 13.
  • Muller, Norbert. "The Idea of Peace as Coubertin's Vision for the Modern Olympic Movement." Volume 13 Number 1 | The Sport Journal. Web. 1 Apr. 2010. <>.
  • "Olympics | Sports." CBC Archives. CBC/Radio-Canada. Web. 1 Apr. 2010. <>.

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