"Recommended. Graduate students through faculty and professionals." -- CHOICE, Mar 2009 Vol. 46 No. 07 "The authors have provided a comprehensive, detailed and invaluably informative text." Alan Tomlinson, University of Brighton
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is one of the most important organisations in world sport and one of the most significant non-state actors in world politics. Everybody knows the Olympic Games but few are familiar with the organisation and the system that has enabled the Games go on from Olympiad to Olympiad for more than a hundred years. This book analyses what makes this system work and whether it will survive in the 21st century considering the major changes that have taken place in sport over recent decades. Subjects covered include: A brief overview of the Olympic System; the International Olympic Committee (IOC); The National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations; The Olympic Games and their Organising Committees; and, Major problems of the Olympic System.