SDP and Olympism

Authored by: Ian Henry , Bora Hwang

Routledge Handbook of Sport for Development and Peace

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138210486
eBook ISBN: 9781315455174
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Links between the Olympic Movement and the philosophy of sport for development and peace, are fairly obvious in the current context within which the movement operates. This chapter seeks to review the development of Olympic engagement with SDP and is divided into three sections. The first traces the development of the sport aid movement within the Olympic domain. The second relates how both development of sport and of sport aid became a battleground in the Cold War struggle between East and West to secure the support of the newly independent decolonising nations of Africa and Asia. The third section of the chapter evaluates strengths and limitations in the maturing of the policy thinking behind SDP within the Olympic Movement in the early part of the twenty-first century, and identifying critiques emanating from post-colonial/critical studies on the one hand and development studies, policy monitoring and evaluation on the other.

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