The Future of the Olympics

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It's not just the skating scandal, drugs, or even payoffs to the Olympic Committee. The Olympic Games may become a victim of their own success. Even the motto "bigger, higher, stronger" seems increasingly to suggest that the Games aren't as much about sports as they are about money and politics, and the corrupting impact of such big money from television rights and corporate sponsorship has made the international spectacle unaffordable for smaller nations. We talk to some major players in the Olympic movement about efforts to save the Olympic spirit. We'll also look ahead to the 2004 Games with the head of the Athens Organizing Committee.
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The Christian Science Monitor

2002 Olympic Winter Games

2004 Olympic Games

International Association of Athletics Federations

International Olympic Committee

Los Angeles Times

Olympic Movement

US Olympic Committee

World Anti-Doping Agency




Warren Olney