НISTОRIСАLLY, THЕ ОLYMРIСS HАVЕ BЕЕN USЕD АS А MЕСHАNISM FОR РОLITIСАL АGЕNDАS
“НISTОRIСАLLY, THЕ ОLYMРIСS HАVЕ BЕЕN USЕD АS А MЕСHАNISM FОR РОLITIСАL АGЕNDАS”..
DISСUSS THIS STАTЕMЕNT IN RЕLАTIОN TО THЕ INTЕRСОNNЕСTЕDNЕSS ОF LЕISURЕ, SРОRT, АND РОLITIСS.
Historically, the Olympics have been used as a mechanism for political agendas” Discuss this statement in relation to the interconnectedness of leisure, sport, and politics
Sports make up an important part of the modern life (Coakley, 2001, p. 4). They have brought different people from different regions together through shared experiences. Leisure time has promoted the need for sporting activities. Although considered the pillar of global interconnectivity, historically, sports have been used to advance political agendas which have led to both positive and negative consequences (Mason, 2012). And as such, sports are tools that reinforce globalization while articulating political chase in regards to nationality and ethnicity. Political agendas have been witnessed more so in the Olympic Games over the years. These games are important due to their political, economic and social benefits that they bring to participative countries. However, they have been surrounded by politics. Political issues arise in the Olympic Games due to their size as well as the heightened media coverage. This essay will illustrate the interconnectedness between leisure, sports and politics. It will also offer historical evidence to illustrate that Olympic Games have been used to pursue political agendas.