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JUDO RON 55-Olympics Inspiration and Dilemma PDF

JUDO RON 55-Olympics Inspiration and Dilemma PDF

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An essay exposing what a spectator can expect or gain from watching judo at the 2012 Olympics. Inspiration and delemma are highlighted,
An essay exposing what a spectator can expect or gain from watching judo at the 2012 Olympics. Inspiration and delemma are highlighted,

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ZUIHITSU-Random notes on Judo by Ronald Désormeaux
JUDO RON 55- Olympics Inspiration and Dilemma
On July 27
2012, in London England is where the enigma begins. The Olympic events of the past haveprovided unique stages for the exhibition of technical excellence within fraternal surroundings. Again this year,International representatives of the judo world (Men and Women) will assemble to compete in what isconsidered to be the ultimate Shiai to be witnessed by millions of spectators and billions of TV viewers. Allparticipants would have made enormous efforts to sustain their goals, endured training hardships, often criedand at times, have been exalted by the progress accomplished along their individual path. Now that they havemade the selection list of their respective nations, they will get the opportunity to demonstrate to the world just what level of self-improvement they have made.The winners of medals and those less fortunate have a unique occasion to demonstrate their personal valuesand spirit, let alone their courage and humanism. As they are elevated into the ranks of “
” of theOlympic Movement, we expect them to have no anger, remorse nor sorrows because they did their best.Will they continue to inspire others, by going beyond their ego and seek new opportunities to make theirachievements profitable and at the service of others? Will they still retain their pride although not fortunate towear a medal and rejoice for having participated in this unique experience and foremost, to have performed tothe highest of their abilities?
Historical synopsis
The Olympics are named after the city of their origin: Olympia in Greece. The ancient Olympics or Games wereone of the many ways that the Greeks worshipped their pagan gods. The city of Olympia was one of the oldestreligious centers in their Commonwealth of city states. There, athletes, performers, musicians, religious priestsand laypersons gathered to pay homage to the Gods for their respective blessings. Under the protection of aTruce, they came from all parts of the colonies to display their savoir-faire, their strength and their courage.Every event abounded with vitality and offered true expression of human accomplishments. Records of thegame have been traced back to 776 BC.
ZUIHITSU-Random notes on Judo by Ronald Désormeaux
The ancient Olympic Games reached their zenith in the sixth and fifth centuries BC. They later fell into lesserimportance, prestige and popularity during the Roman Empire who considered them to be anti-roman culturalevents. Nevertheless, over the years, several other kingdoms emulated them periodically and have knownsome degree of success.
Partial pursuit of the Games
The numerous international conflicts, overt racism, zealous patriotism, wars and financial burdens have beentheir principal enemies. In the last century, prominent nations have continued to hold national competitiveevents to enlist national pride and overall fitness. Some international games were held strictly amongst alliedand Commonwealth of Nations as a mean to strengthen their alliances, consolidate their political ties and showtheir superiority.
The Olympic Movement was reborn in November 1892 at the Sorbonne Conference in Paris whereinternational delegates answered the call of Pierre Frédy also known as Baron Pierre de Coubertin to revive theGames and make it a socio-cultural movement aimed at tightening the bonds amongst nations and seekinginternational peace through excellence in sport contests.The renowned educator, social reformer and propagandist that were the hallmarks of Baron Coubertin hadsucceeded after a decade of interventions and international presentations to obtain sufficient consensus andenlist participation from across a wide range of Nations to hold the next Modern Olympics in Athens in 1896and possibly in Paris for 1900.There were 245 contestants from 14 nations who participated in 43 events at the 1896 “
”.Contestants at these first Modern Olympics had to be athletes and participants who had been classed as“amateurs”. They were expected to compete with fair play for the intrinsic pleasure of the contest and notrepresent their nations as “professionals” having obtained some sort of remunerations for their efforts. Thegrowth and importance of the games continued to expand over the years. There are now winter and summergames and over 300 separate competitions of sort. In London this year, there are 302 events with over 100nations participating.This success story was predicted and earlier reports from the Sorbonne conference mentioned that BaronPierre de Coubertin expressed his feelings of the Games in the following terms: “
Nothing in ancient history inspired more revering in me than the Olympics.” 
Allen Guttmann a researcher at the University of Illinois expressed his awe about the movement as follow: “Alarge number of Olympics actors have testified that receiving their gold medals meant more to them thansetting world records or triumphing in other less symbolically weighted competition”.
Today, the world mediaapparatus will cover most events with detailed, live coverage and capture all the associated suspense anddrama they can. All the events are expected to light up the screens and the bleachers. Such exposures willsurely lead to a gain in popularity for all the sports, judo included.
ZUIHITSU-Random notes on Judo by Ronald Désormeaux
Politics and Finances
The attention given to these events is bound to attract the attention of politicians, government officials,commercial elites and social associations desiring to make an imprint before such a wide internationalaudience. Kings, Queens, Royals, Czars, Emperors and Social leaders have participated in the past alongside of commoners. The uniqueness of such gathering rivals that of the United Nations Special Assembly and a WorldFair Exhibition. Associations and groups desiring to make a statement to attract sympathy or adherence to theircause or product will no doubt plan such a sortie during the numerous presentations and events. It is a goldenpublic relations opportunity.Continuing the tradition of past Games, serious and strategic business and political consortia as well as bi-lateral talks are to be expected. International monetary situation, social tension issues, racial diversity,bickering over tenure of offices and the choice of the next host country are but a few scenarios on the menulist.Financially, all such Olympics are costly. Host countries spend enormous amount of money to build theinfrastructures, the preparation of the venues, the transportation of visitors and athletes, the hotels andresidences, the administrative support staff etc. The security requirements alone may represent more than theannual budget of many small countries. Public funds and private resources are combined to support suchexpenditures. Canada experienced such a financial stress with its Montreal Games in 1976. Several years wereneeded to recover from that financial adventure.Current investors are looking for returns on investments: Broadcasting TV rights, publications, tickets sale,memorabilia and photos make up some of the returns. Spectators will pay a high price to attend some eventsas tickets are restricted in numbers and a large portion of them is attributed to corporate sponsors and pre-selected audiences. For most of us, we will have to be contented with watching the events selected by the hostbroadcasters at the time of their choosing. Even thousands of miles away, we, at least, can “participate andrejoice at seeing excellence in sports”.
As the athletes make their entry, we are about to witness an array of participants. Men and women will becovered in national uniforms of multi-color fabrics and wearing patriotic emblems to distinguish them fromother contestants. The parade of “amateur” athletes will embrace all walks of life from the five continents.The concept of amateurism as declared at the Sorbonne meeting has since been somewhat modified or alteredby various interpretations and twists occurring at different periods and under different political settings. Wenow witness a more general application of the rules at different scales depending upon the participatingnation.

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