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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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Karl Wiebe
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Posted: 03 July 2018 at 6:06pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

If the Olympic Charter says that, then why do the Olympics 

A) have opening ceremonies where athletes enter by country
B) play the national anthem of the gold medalist
C) have team events (like hockey, bobsled) where countries enter the team (like Jamaican bobsled team or Team USA in basketball)

These aren't media things, these are the Olympics themselves doing it?  Not trying to be argumentative, just honestly asking because as a guy who watches the Olympics, it looks (to me) like the Olympics push country pride quite a bit?

Edited by Karl Wiebe on 03 July 2018 at 6:06pm
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