By Christopher A. Shaw
"This is a cleverly written and well timed publication. New Society Publishers have controlled to place a well-designed paperback out there simply in time to salary a disagreement, at the tail finish of a province-wide gag legislations. certainly, the cloak of silence surrounding all issues Olympic have taken us to new degrees, as even the digits 2010, preceded by way of the identify of our reasonable urban, are thought of reasonable video game, and grounds for libel. A ancient point of view at the unique reason and avid gamers within the video games from the times in their construction solutions minutiae quesitons like" who was once the 1st athlete to win the gold?", whereas including a nostalgic contact, and the bankruptcy on dissent and resistance of the Olympics in different towns brings the total booklet into foreign focus." - Christina Ferrero, Epoch Times
The glossy jewelry of the Olympic video games have grown tarnished through the years as doping, corruption, and different scandals upward push to the outside. these scandals are the top of the iceberg, based on writer Christopher A. Shaw, the lead spokesperson for numerous anti-Games groups.
Five Ring Circus information the background of ways Vancouver gained the bid for the 2010 video games, who was once concerned, and what the genuine causes have been. It describes the position of company media in selling the video games, the machinations of presidency and enterprise, and the competition that emerged.
Disturbing questions come to light:
- Why does the overseas Olympic Committee pay no taxes?
- Who are the genuine property builders in the back of the Vancouver bid?
- Why are mega tasks paid for with tax dollars?
- What are the real expenditures of the Games?
The Olympic video games, as soon as thought of the top of athleticism and reasonable play, became a cesspool of greed, backroom bargains, and the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver, arrangements for the 2010 video games have had a considerable unfavourable influence at the surroundings and feature ended in the “economic detoxification” of the terrible and homeless.
This e-book is a cautionary story for destiny Olympic bid towns, and may entice these all for the results of globalization on many features of life.
Christopher A. Shaw is a professor on the college of British Columbia. he's a founding member and lead spokesperson for the No video games 2010 Coalition and 2010 Watch. He lives in North Vancouver.