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A Comparative Study of the Olympic Games in East Asia: the nexus between politics and sports

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1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

East Asia has grown its importance in the field of international sports as host of series of significant mega-sports event, such as Olympic Games. These events are often blended with cultural and political dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region, exhibiting certain features specific to the region. A comparative study of Olympic Games in East Asia has demonstrated that they have been strongly state-centric and predominately attached to national identity and nationalism. Hosting of an Olympic Games often featured in the national agenda, and accompanied direct involvement of the state. Despite the vastly different aspirations and economic, political and social situations that the cities confronted when they bid for the Olympic Games, the case studies of the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games and the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games showed that the legacies tend to converge for the betterment of the host country and the society in general. Whereas the debut in the Olympic stage has been strongly state-centric in connection to national development, future Olympic Games in East Asia is likely to bring different vision, objectives, and expectation as the transnationalistic ideals and goals gain more importance in international sports movement.

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