The shiny rings of the Olympic Games have grown tarnished over
the years as doping, corruption and other scandals rise to the
surface. Those scandals are the tip of the iceberg, according to
author Christopher Shaw, the lead spokesperson for several
Five Ring Circus details the history of how Vancouver
won the bid for the 2010 Games, who was involved, and what the real
motives were. It describes the role of corporate media in promoting
the Games, the machinations of government and business, and the
opposition that emerged.
Disturbing questions come to light:
- Why does the IOC pay no taxes?
- Who are the real estate developers behind the Vancouver
- Why are mega projects paid for with tax dollars?
- What are the true costs of the Games?
The Olympic Games, once considered the pinnacle of athleticism
and fair play, have become a cesspool of greed, backroom deals and
the wholesale trampling of civil liberties. In Vancouver,
preparations for the 2010 Games have had a substantial negative
impact on the environment and has resulted in the "economic
cleansing" of the poor and homeless.
This book is a cautionary tale for future Olympic bid cities,
and will appeal to those concerned about the effects of
globalization on many aspects of life.