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Resource ID: #16904
Subject: Sports
Source: Los Angeles Times
Date: 2024-04-18



"For decades, the Olympic movement has promoted itself as the United Nations of Sport, a force for fair play. Then came reports of gift-giving and other corruption in Salt Lake City's bid for the 2002 Olympics." This 7-part series looks behind the commercial "U.N." reputation of the games to reveal disparities in training, facilities and IOC payments between rich nations and developing countries, where athletes may train in 4-year-old running shoes and are given pasta to stave off malnutrition. The IOC raked in $3.65 billion in 1997. The IOC spends $406 million to help countries build their Olympic teams, half of which goes to the U.S. Also looks at the predominantly male and elite membership of IOC, television rights, doping, reforms, loopholes in the reforms, and $100K parties in Rio.

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