Are the Olympic Games an opportunity or a myth? : the case of PyeongChang 2018 and what may prove to be a paradoxical notion / Charles Mountifield & Stirling Sharpe

Mountifield, Charles | Sharpe, Stirling

This paper highlights contrasting viewpoints on the perceived value that the Olympic Games make to world peace efforts through the lens of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. News articles (n = 114) from a variety of international periodicals were reviewed and thematically analyzed with key nascent tropes – cynicism of the potential for peace; scorn of the role of sport in peace processes; and high-level political meddling in sport – pointing to a consensus that hosting of the Games would have little impact on the political landscape in the Korean peninsula.


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