About the Book

Published on the approach to the London 2012 Olympic Games, this foundational book in Olympic studies introduces readers to a diverse range of issues that surround the Olympic industry.

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In 2014, a Russian version was published by the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games organizing committee.

Chapters cover such areas as:

  • peace development and diplomacy
  • management and economics
  • corruption, terror and activism
  • the role of artists at the Games
  • the challenge from social media
  • the rise of human enhancement
  • ethics and environmentalism.


Professor Andy Miah is Chair in Science Communication and Future Media and has undertaken research at each Olympic Games since Sydney 2000.

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 05: Panelist Considerations of Doping & Fair Play during day 1 of the Olympic Forum Buenos Aires 2018 at CECBA on October 5, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for IOC)

Dr Beatriz Garcia is Head of Research at the Institute of Cultural Capital at the University of Liverpool and independent member of the IOC Culture Commission.