Dishonored Games reveals the truth behind the Olympic myth.
Every four years, the Olympics are celebrated with a flood of congratulatory coverage. In all the books, articles and documentaries extolling the beauty and purity of the Olympic Ideal, only cursory notice is given to the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) and its little known President, Juan Antonio Samaranch.
Dishonored Games explodes the carefully cultivated image and idealistic hype behind the I.O.C. and its self-perpetuating leadership. The book reveals influence peddling, lavish gifts and bribes, and abuse of power in the Olympic movement.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
- THE MYTH: The Olympic Games are the greatest festival of sport; they belong to the people of the world and are a magnificent demonstration of decency, fair play and openness.
- THE TRUTH: The Olympics are now the plaything of the world’s top twelve multinational companies, who pay hundreds of millions of dollars in sponsorship money. Doping is still rampant. Sports leaders promise to crack down but do little.
- THE CLUB: The Games are controlled by a self-perpetuating oligarchy who travel the world like kings, most taking lavish gifts from cities desperate to cash in on the huge profits the Olympics now generate. In 1990 we saw the humiliating resignation of a leading member of "The Club". He had been caught taking "consultation fees" from business.
- THE LEADER: The authors reveal that the ruler of the Olympic movement and world sport is a man who spent nearly forty years of his life as a fascist politician serving one of Europe’s longest-lived dictatorships.
Vyv Simson and Andrew Jennings are two of Britain’s top investigative journalists. Simson worked for BBC’s "Panorama" and many other television investigation programs before moving to Granada TV’s "World In Action".
Andrew Jennings reported for the "Sunday Times" and has written for most of the leading UK newspapers. He moved to the BBC and worked on a series of investigative programs before joining "World In Action".
Simson and Jennings spent six years investigating police corruption and wrote "Scotland Yard’s Cocaine Connection", the story of Britain’s biggest drug scandal. They won the Gold Medal at the New York Television and Film festival for their investigation into the Iran-Contra Affair and have also reported on the Mafia in Palermo and the Middle East conflict.
· 320 pages