Olympics: Best Olympics money can buy

The Sydney Olympics in September will be the world’s biggest peacetime event. However, the sporting component is only the tip of the iceberg – it will also be a major financial occasion, with dollars overshadowing sporting skills. With its high ideals, the Olympic movement needs to be as accountable and ethical as any large international concern.

The World Today Updated 28 October 2020 Published 1 August 2000 4 minute READ

Keith Suter

Director of Studies, International Law Association (Australian Branch)

The original Olympics Games were held for a month every four years from at least the ninth century BC until the fourth century AD. Wars between the Greek city–states stopped to enable the Games to go on. They were a rare occasion to bring all Greeks together, women were not permitted to watch and so held their own games. Athletes competed without clothes. This guarded against the unlikely possibility of women taking part disguised men – now of course the problem is reversed.

Sport at war

The modern Olympic movement, which began in Athens in 1896, was also based on high ideals. The Games were seen as an international unifying factor, it was hoped that countries would put their effort into sport rather than war.

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