Politics in Sport

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POLITCIS IN SPORT
By Alex Trakula
RESEARCH TASK:
1. “Should the Olympics be a foreground for political issues or should it remain purely about sport and human achievement?”
I believe the latter. The Olympics is a place athletes go to showcase their sport and to celebrate sport by competing against the best athletes in the world for one common goal to try to be the best in that sport they can be and show the world what they can do. The Olympics is a time of bringing people all over the world together. It should just be about the celebration and love for sport, nothing else. 2. The International Olympics Committee helps the “celebration of what sport can bring to a country”.

TWO EXAMPLES OF HOW SPORT HAS BEEN USED FOR POLITICAL PURPOSES. * 1972 Munich Olympics and the Palestinian Black September group.
During the Munich Olympics in Munich, Bavaria, members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and eventually killed by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. By the end of the ordeal the group had killed 11 athletes and coaches (5 athletes, 6 coaches) as well as a West German police officer.

Political reason behind the event: Shortly after the crisis began, the Palestinians demanded the release of 234 prisoners held in Israeli jails.
BSO background info/origins: The group's name derives from the Black September conflict begun on 16 September 1970, when King Hussein of Jordan declared military rule in response to a fedayeen coup d’état to seize his kingdom  — resulting in the deaths or expulsion of thousands of Palestinians from Jordan. The BSO began as a small cell of Fatah men determined to take revenge upon King Hussein and the Jordanian army.

* 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the pipe bomb explosion.
Centennial Olympic Park was designed as the "town square" of the Olympics, and thousands of spectators had gathered for the late concert by the band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. After Midnight, Eric...
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