It’s not the winning, it’s the taking part that counts.

Geography Directions

By Kieran Phelan, University of Nottingham

Picture.jpgRio de Janeiro – Cerimônia de encerramento dos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016, no Maracanã (Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil): CC-BY 2.0

It is remarkable that this summer marked four years since London played host to the world’s Olympians and Paralympians. ‘London 2012’ was arguably one of the most exciting opportunities in London’s recent history, to showcase to the world the very best of competitive sport. Whilst the opening ceremony’s fireworks, theatre and show-biz pizazz certainly laced the event with an almost-perfectly staged veneer, London’s Olympic Games were also politically, quite contentious. Despite providing the world’s avid sports fans with just under a month of high-quality sport, its mobilisation, organization and promised legacy have since been marred by questions of worth and value.  In times of austerity, some have argued that the London Olympic Games were a gigantic waste of time and money that not only excluded…

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