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The New Lords of the Rings: Olympic Corruption and How to Buy Gold Medals [Paperback]

Andrew Jennings
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2 Jun 1996
The world of modern Olympic sport is a secretive, elite domain where decisions are taken behind closed doors, where money is spent on creating a fabulous life-style for a tiny circle of officials and funds destined for sport are siphoned away to offshore bank accounts. This investigation of the hidden corruption behind the Olympic ideal reveals: how Princess Anne's attempt to unseat the unpopular athletics supremo Primo Nibiolo was sabotaged by secret deals from within, how bribes were paid to win gold medals for Korean boxers in the Seoul Olympics, that Berlin's bid for the 2000 Olympics was so corrupt that the State parliament set up an enquiry, that millions of dollars are spent by bidding cities to woo those who decide where the games will be held, when in fact often the decision has already been made, and that the Olympic number two, Korea's Dr Kim Un Yung, is a trained killer and a former spy.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671855719
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671855710
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 601,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Will shatter your Olympic illusions 13 Dec 1998
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Written in an aggressivelu tabloid style, this expose of dirty dealing and venal corruption inside the International Olympic Committee will change the way you look at professional sports forever. It will also leave you huffing and puffing with indignation at how a bunch of greedy old men have exploited and perverted the ideals of sport. Well worth reading for all sports fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, in-depth exposure of IOC Corruption 20 Jan 1999
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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the Olympic movement. The author spent years of research to compile this expose of corruption within the International Olympic Comittee. He has chapters dedicated to the history of the Olympics and how its secretive leadership struture works. He also documents bribes and the shameful coverup of positive drug tests over the years that cost honest olympic athletes recognition. His chapters on site biding are very revealing in light of the scandal involving the Salt Lake City Winter Games. This book documents how the IOC is really to blame and how they have run similiar scams over the years. No wonder Samaranch tied to have the book banned. Jennings stands out as the primary authority on problems with the modern Olympics and his recommendations in the book on how to save the games are very enlightening. This should be mandatory reading for all Utahns.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-hitting follow up 19 Sep 2000
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The measured destruction of the IOC that was undertaken in the first book in the series, the Lords of the Rings, gives way to a much less detached account. Andrew Jennings co-authored the first book and found himself in trouble with the Swiss authorities as a result. Perhaps that has lead to the change in style. The second book is like listening to a prolonged rant which is not to say it is not interesting but the facts presented speak for themselves. If you live in a country which is planning to bid for an Olympic Games read both these books first and they will convince you that, whilst the IOC is under the present regime, no civilised country should even think about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, an eye opener in regard to finding out ... 18 Sep 2014
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Outstanding,an eye opener in regard to finding out what really happens behind the scenes.It would be interesting to know what the current scene is.It is difficult to believe that similar situations do not exist in say the AFL in Australia.
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