Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games

Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games

Christopher A. Shaw

"This is a cleverly written and well timed publication. New Society Publishers have controlled to place a well-designed paperback out there simply in time to salary a confrontation, at the tail finish of a province-wide gag legislations. certainly, the cloak of silence surrounding all issues Olympic have taken us to new degrees, as even the digits 2010, preceded by way of the identify of our reasonable urban, are thought of reasonable online game, and grounds for libel. A old point of view at the unique reason and gamers within the video games from the times in their production solutions trivialities quesitons like" who was once the 1st athlete to win the gold?", whereas including a nostalgic contact, and the bankruptcy on dissent and resistance of the Olympics in different towns brings the full ebook into foreign focus." - Christina Ferrero, Epoch Times


The glossy earrings of the Olympic video games have grown tarnished through the years as doping, corruption, and different scandals upward thrust to the skin. these scandals are the top of the iceberg, in line with writer Christopher A. Shaw, the lead spokesperson for a number of anti-Games groups.

Five Ring Circus information the heritage of ways Vancouver received the bid for the 2010 video games, who used to be concerned, and what the true explanations have been. It describes the function of company media in selling the video games, the machinations of presidency and enterprise, and the competition that emerged.

Disturbing questions come to light:

  • Why does the overseas Olympic Committee pay no taxes?
  • Who are the genuine property builders at the back of the Vancouver bid?
  • Why are mega initiatives paid for with tax dollars?
  • What are the real expenditures of the Games?

The Olympic video games, as soon as thought of the top of athleticism and reasonable play, became a cesspool of greed, backroom offers, and the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver, arrangements for the 2010 video games have had a considerable unfavorable impression at the atmosphere and feature led to the “economic detoxification” of the negative and homeless.

This publication is a cautionary story for destiny Olympic bid towns, and may attract these curious about the results of globalization on many facets of life.

Christopher A. Shaw is a professor on the college of British Columbia. he's a founding member and lead spokesperson for the No video games 2010 Coalition and 2010 Watch. He lives in North Vancouver.

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