In late 2014, the withdrawal of Oslo’s bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games provoked debate in the West. Only Almaty and Beijing-Zhangjiakou remain in the competition to host the global mega event, with the host to be decided in July. As if to underscore a shift in the world order, all seven Olympic Games and FIFA Soccer World Cups after the London 2012 Olympics will be hosted outside the traditional Western powers – and three of them by Asian nations. Western media and commentators have hailed this as a crisis for the Olympic Games and perhaps for Western liberal democracies as a whole. They are asking whether Olympic Games can now be hosted only by “dictatorships,” while Western liberal democracies are too constrained by public opposition to the huge costs. This presentation will argue that the perception of the costs of Olympic Games should be put into the proper context, and that Asia is just joining a world system that the West still dominates – for now.
Jun 01, 2015 | 04:00 PM c.t. - 06:00 PM
Silberlaube, Room K25/11
Habelschwerdter Allee 45