The Olympics: A Case Study of the Role of Competitions within Society
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Sports can serve a wide range of different functions within a society. Competitions are often viewed as their most evident function, a contest of skill and stratagem between opposing forces. This analysis examines a less obvious role competitions can occupy in our society by examining the Olympics in a case study. It begins with a description of the original Olympics founded by the ancient Greeks. It analyzes what the purpose of the Olympics was. Both its overt stated charter and the more intimate role that it played for the Greeks and their society. The discussion continues to the modern Olympics and draws parallels to the past as well as differences to analyze what purpose the modern Olympics serves. The question is then proposed of whether the modern Olympics have strayed from its original intent by analyzing the changes in policy that have occurred through its existence. And how the intent of the Olympics has shaped its role in the world throughout its existence.