Those who believe sport has nothing to do with politics are living in a dream world Lord Carrington, UK Foreign Secretary 1980. This report by Ed Leigh, one
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, Feb 20, 2012
" Those who believe sport has nothing to do with politics are living in a dream world" Lord Carrington, UK Foreign Secretary 1980.
This report by Ed Leigh, one of the presenters of Ski Sunday on BBC2, attempts to report on the intoxicating mix of television spectacle and realpolitik playing out as the Russian state constructs the sports industry in Sochi.
"In the next six years Sochi's coastal cluster, as the main event site is known, will host the Winter Olympics, Russia's first Formula 1 race and act as host city for the 2018 World Cup. On top of this, there are bold claims about environmental sustainability and economic growth for the area. This positive spin is all tempered by claims of corruption, exploited labour and mafia executions in busy cafes in broad daylight. But just a little digging on any Olympic Games will turn up enough dirt to build a motocross track. I'm therefore going to conveniently sweep the negativity under the rug for a much more experienced journalist to dissect. Instead I'll focus on the sport." BBC Sport
Watch the video on Ski Sunday on BBC iPlayer (move the slider 25mins in to the programme to the beginning of his Sochi report)
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