Beijing Olympic Games 2008: ¿advance or regression?

Javier Olivera Betrán

*Corresponding author: Javier Olivera Betrán

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Olivera Betrán, J. (2008). Beijing Olympic Games 2008: ¿advance or regression?. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 93, 3-4.



Once concluded the Beijing Olympic Games 2008 we can affirm that the Games have been an organizational and sports success, but a failure in the purposes of accomplishing open politics and an advance in human rights in China. In line with the recent Olympic Games of Beijing 2008, some reflections around the proposed matter arise: Have the Olympic Games of 2008 meant an advance or a regression in the history of the Olympic movement? The Olympic Games are Human heritage which develop every four years in a festive and pacific manner in a uniting act through the wide program of sports competition between the best representatives of the different nations of the planet. The organization and representation of the Games corresponds to a city, a country, and a cultural, political, and economic system; which is a strong compromise to know how to conjugate the own values with the Olympic values of peace, respect of the rights of the citizens, freedom of action and speech, and world youth party. The current responsible for the organization of this great global event is China, and in particular its capital Beijing, a global actor in the concert of nations which aspires to be a superpower of the XXI c. The resulted has been mixed: extraordinary organizational capacity and a sports resounding success with unimaginable records and new sports myths (Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps), but also a deception, since the conditions of citizen, social, and political improvement which the world expected from this emerging world power have not happened.

ISSN: 1577-4015

Published: July 01, 2008