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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 28 April 2018 at 8:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm reading WORTH DYING FOR: THE POWER AND POLITICS OF FLAGS by Tim Marshall. There is a chapter on the Olympic flag.

This is an interesting paragraph:

The focus of the games is meant to be on the individuals, and not on the countries' overall performance and medal tally. In fact, the Olympic charter even states that 'they shall not draw up any global ranking per country, instead honouring individual medal winners...the Olympic Games are competitions between athletes in individual or team events and not between countries'. Nevertheless, that doesn't stop countries focusing and competing on the medal count, using the event as a way to boost their national pride, celebrate their apparent superiority and justify their often-massive investments in the sports sector.

Someone should tell the media that! 

Edited by Robbie Parry on 28 April 2018 at 8:33am
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