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The Olympics: The Basicsis an accessible, issues based introduction to the unique worldwide Olympic Movement and resulting Olympics. Examining all aspects of an event which traverses sport, politics, culture, entertainment and education, this book covers: The history of the Games Management and organisation The political dimension The role of the media The culture, identity and legacy of the Games Controversies surrounding the event Future directions of the Olympic Movement Giving readers a rounded understanding of all dimensions of the Olympics, this book is essential reading for students of sports studies, Olympic studies and events management, and all those wishing to gain a deeper insight into the world "s largest sporting event.