The Website

This website is a resource to accompany the book called ‘The Olympics: The Basics” published by Routledge and written by Professor Andy Miah & Dr Beatriz Garcia.

In 2013, the book was also published in Russian by the Russian International Olympic University.

The site structure is based on the Subject Index for the book, so you will find resources around each of the areas we cover, including links to video clips on YouTube, to IOC resources.

In the months leading up to publication, we will grow this resource, announcing new entries via our Twitter account. So, if you want to keep track of our contents as they grow and keep abreast of some of fascinating aspects of the past Olympics, then follow us on Twitter and you wil automatically receive updates to this website.

Remember, this site only provides links to what we discuss in the book and does not intend to be a comprehensive portal to Olympic issues.

Within this website, we also include information about our upcoming and recent lectures, providing embedded video footage or presentations, when available.

All photography here is our own and is available for use under a Creative Commons Licence in Flickr

 English version..

Russian Translation…




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The Blurb

The Olympics: The Basics is an accessible, contemporary introduction to the Olympic movement and Games. Chapters explains how the Olympics transcend sports, engaging us with a range of contemporary philosophical, social, cultural and political matters, including:

  • peace development and diplomacy
  • management and economics
  • corruption, terror and activism
  • the role of artists at the Games
  • the challenge from social media
  • the rise of human enhancement
  • ethics and environmentalism

The Olympics explores the controversy and the legacy of the Olympics, drawing attention to the deeper values of Olympism, as the Olympic movement’s most valuable intellectual property.

This engaging, lively, and often challenging book is essential reading for newcomers to Olympic studies and offers new insights for Olympic scholars.

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The Contents

Chapter I: History & Philosophy
Chapter II: Society & Identity
Chapter III: Culture & Education
Chapter IV: Politics & Diplomacy
Chapter V: Ethics & Values
Chapter VI: Management & Economics
Chapter VII: Media & Communication
Chapter VIII: Legacy & Impact
Conclusion: The Future


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