1951 redux

Published By: Business Standard on eSS | Published Date: July, 31 , 2010

A sports extravaganza is supposed to be a “coming out” party for the host country. Tokyo hosted the Olympic Games in 1964, timing it with the introduction of that new wonder of the world, the Shinkansen (the “bullet trains”), to announce Japan’s rebirth from the ashes of 1945. Seoul, after three decades of rapid economic growth, hosted the Olympics in 1988 with the same objective, as did Beijing in 2008. All three countries also primed their athletes to bring in record hauls of medals, so that the statement to the rest of the world was made on the track and field too, not just in the act of playing host.

Author(s): T.N. Ninan | Posted on: Aug 03, 2010 | Views(1464) | Download (218)

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