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Pierre De Coubertons ideas of revitalizing the Olympic games was for sport he visioned sports without the infliction of politics Through the years the reality of his vision has died out and inevitably political issues and ideas began surfacing in the Olympic games just as much as they began appearing in the ordinary sports world It seemed that the Olympic games got hit with most of the political back draft mainly do to the large scale involvement of other countries and as such they became a podium for countries In Martin Barry Vinokurs book More Than a Game he explains the involvement of politics and sports he distinguishes two countries which have had incredible amounts of political resurgence through sports It was my belief before reading this book that sports in America has always been effected somewhat by politics but it came to a total surprise to hear that sports dictated politics and vise versa in other countries In a world where some people believe sports take as much precedents as education it seems no wonder that sports could not live without political issues Vinokur takes Romania and East Germany and begins dissecting how politics have affected sports One of the most startling facts to me was that a third world country like Romania had so many incredible accomplishments in the sports world East Germany on the other hand used sports to get recognition of the German Democratic RepublicGDR Both countries interest between foreign policy and sports was so large it seems like they care more about athletics then education The reason for their grand achievements was that they began looking for stand-out athletes at a young age and began training them almost instantaneously In the political sense after world war 2 both countries contrasted similarly Germany was split up between East and West with the West gaining worldwide diplomatic reorganization the GDR knowingly used sports as a way to force international diplomatic recognition
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