Published on May 31, 2016
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2. RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background
3. 1RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background THE HISTORY OF THE GAMES: The Olympics were first held by the ancient Greeks nearly 3,000 years ago. They were played for the Greek gods in an ancient town called Olympia. Photo: Ververidis Vasilis / www.shutterstock.com
4. 2 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background The modern Games are based on the value of Olympism, the Olympic spirit. This means contributing positively to your society by working hard and looking after your body and your mind. This Olympic spirit is also about friendship, being proud of your community and playing sport fairly. Photo: lazyllama / www.shutterstock.com
5. 3RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Winners receive medals: • gold for first place • silver for second • bronze for third and a hero’s welcome when they return home! Photo: Pete Nieson / www.shutterstock.com
6. 4 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Sports and politics have always been linked. In 1936 Germany held the Olympic Games. Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party, claimed Germans were the best group of people in the world. Jesse Owens, a black American athlete, won four gold medals proving the Nazis wrong.
7. 5RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Hosting the Olympics puts a country in the global spotlight. Many developing countries have used the Games to announce to the world that they are more powerful and influential than before. China did this in 2008 when they hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing. Photo: fstockfoto / www.shutterstock.com
8. 6 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Most countries that host the Olympics end up spending lots of money on stadiums that rarely get used after the Games are over. This makes them a bad investment. The money could have been spent on other things that would have benefitted more people in society. For example, building the country's infrastructure.
9. 7RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Cities have wasted so much money on the Olympics that the organisers are having trouble finding new countries that want to enter the competition to host the Games in the future. Photo: Yuri Turkov / www.shutterstock.com
10. 8 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Olympic athletes have regularly been caught doping during the past few decades. Athletes are tested for use of performance enhancing drugs but tests don't always catch the cheaters. For example, the doctors investigating accusations that some Russian athletes have been doping said that the cheaters’ samples were switched for clean ones before they were tested.
11. 9RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background The Olympic Games can be good for a country’s economy as more jobs are created. Thousands of people work to organise such a huge event. Photo: Pete Niesen / www.shutterstock.com
12. 10 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background The Games can also have a positive effect on a country’s economy because they can show the rest of the world that the country is a great place to visit. This will mean more tourists will travel there to spend money.
13. RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY What’s next?
14. 11 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Stories about the success of Russian dopers suggest the cheaters are still ahead of the testers, meaning the public is less likely to trust the Games to be fair.
15. 12RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Some people say that Russia should be kicked out of this year’s Games for cheating in past Olympic Games, but others respond that it is not fair to punish innocent athletes for crimes committed by others. Photo: nikitabuida / www.shutterstock.com
16. 13 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Brazil is an economic and political mess after its Congress voted to remove its president, Dilma Rousseff.
17. 14RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Without Brazil’s president it could be hard to finish building the stadiums for the Games, and make the event and security hard to manage. Photo: marchello74 / www.shutterstock.com
18. 15 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background The Olympics will draw global attention to Brazil at the worst possible time, given how badly the country is doing at the moment. Photo: Ververidis Vasilis / www.shutterstock.com
19. 16RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Brazil’s political and economic problems could lead to protests that could turn violent during the Games.
20. 17 RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Usually once the Olympics begin, the public and communities affected tend to just enjoy the sports and forget about other issues.
21. 18RIO 2016: SPORT AND SOCIETY Background Some people think that the Olympic Games are good for society because they bring everyone in society together to share the same experiences. Photo: Paolo Bona / www.shutterstock.com