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Sport Development and Olympic Studies

Past, Present and Future, 1st Edition

Edited by Stephan Wassong, Michael Heine, Rob Hess


162 pages

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In 2017 the Olympic Studies Centre of the German Sport University organized a workshop on Sport Development and Olympic Studies. The presentations and discussions they engendered, identifying new international collaborative research fields and deepening research on the Olympics, Olympic Movement and sport development, resulted in this book.

A unifying aspect of the chapters is the effective application of the hermeneutical method. The interpretive strengths of this method sharpen the analytical perspective of the chapters, with the strict requirements for the use of primary sources meaning that the contributors have conducted extensive archival research. Assuring thematic coherence, the studies assembled for this book focus on the analysis of processes of continuity, transformation and development across four areas: sport institutions and their policies; commissions within and policies of governing bodies of sports; legacy discussions; and sport events within the Summer and Winter Olympic Games transformed into political and cultural spectacles.

Bringing together experts in the field, Sport Development and Olympic Studies will be of great use to scholars of Sport Development, Sport History, The Olympics and Sport Sociology. This book was originally published as a special issue of The International Journal of the History of Sport.

Table of Contents


Stephan Wassong, Michael Heine, and Rob Hess

1. Academic Return to the Global Sport Community after World War II – The Installation of the Sport University Cologne’s First International Relations

Ansgar Molzberger

2. The Diversity of National Sport Development Institutions

Till Muller-Schoell

3. The International Olympic Committee’s Tripartite Commission and Its Influence on the Foundation of the Athletes’ Commission

Stephan Wassong

4. Sport Aid: Famine Relief, Fun Runs, Fundraising

Jörg Krieger

5. Melbourne’s Status as an Olympic City: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives

Richard Baka

6. Olympic Commodification and Civic Spaces at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games: A Political Topology of Contestation

Michael Heine

7. More than a Miracle: The Korean War, Cold War Politics, and the 1960 Olympic Hockey Tournament

MacIntosh Ross and E. K. Nagel

8. The Historical Background to Pakistan’s Participation at the Olympic Games and Its Performances in Field Hockey, 1948–1956

Akhtar Nawaz and Rob Hess

About the Editors

Stephan Wassong is a Full Professor at the German Sport University Cologne, Germany, where he is head of the Institute of Sport History and Director of its Olympic Studies Centre. He has served as a member of the International Olympic Committee`s Olympic Education Commission since 2015.

Michael Heine is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Western University, London, Canada. He is a former Director of Western’s International Centre for Olympic Studies.

Rob Hess is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the College of Sport and Exercise Science and the Institute for Health and Sport at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Sport in the Global Society - Historical Perspectives

As Robert Hands in The Times recently observed, the growth of sports studies in recent years has been considerable. This unique series with over one hundred volumes in the last decade has played its part. Politically, culturally, emotionally and aesthetically, sport is a major force in the modern world. Its impact will grow as the world embraces ever more tightly the contemporary secular trinity: the English language, technology and sport. Sport in the Global Society will continue to record sport's phenomenal progress across the world stage.

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