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A need for symbiosis between olympism and the host city's social reality

Tzanoudaki, Stephany ; Milligan, Alistair (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : IOC Library, 2001.

In this study, "Symbiosis" is seen as the ultimate solution reconciling the philosophy of Olympism and the notion of the modern olympic city. Olympism stems from the Ancient Olympic ideal. It is the underlying theory of Coubertin's vision, reviving and modernising the ideals of the olympic past, aiming at the improvement of society through the proportionate cultivation of man's mental and... Mehr

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    In this study, "Symbiosis" is seen as the ultimate solution reconciling the philosophy of Olympism and the notion of the modern olympic city. Olympism stems from the Ancient Olympic ideal. It is the underlying theory of Coubertin's vision, reviving and modernising the ideals of the olympic past, aiming at the improvement of society through the proportionate cultivation of man's mental and physical abilities. Coubertin believed that: "You have often to transplant a tree to keep it youthful". He challenged the future host cities to transplant the tree of olympism into their social realities and to become main protagonists in the interpretation of his vision. The study looks at the evolution of the olympic reality turning the Olympic Games in one of today's largest intercultural and cross-cultural events. It examines the notion of the Olympic City and how it is prone to political and commercial exploitation, represented by "sterile utopias", either uninterested in emulating the olympic ideal or to address the problems of their own social realities. This study aims at proving the importance of the "symbiosis" between olympism and social reality within the city. Also, to create a vision for the future olympic city in an attempt to bring it closer to Coubertin's vision of revival.