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Tytuł: Truth in sports history

Autor:
Wojciech Lipoński
Język:
EN
Czasopismo:
Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism
Rok:
2012
Tom:
19
Numer:
4
Strona początkowa:
169
Strona końcowa:
173
ISSN:
0867-1079
Słowa kluczowe:
truth, distortions of truth, political propaganda, media, marketing
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The use of sport for media, marketing and political propaganda purposes led to inevitable distortions in sports history. The paper focuses on definition of truth and then on specific examples of propagandist abuses in totalitarian states, e.g. deleting the names of Jewish athletes from sports statistics in Nazi Germany or of politically troublesome athletes in the USSR and its satellite communist states before 1989. Another distortion in sport history can be found in modern "official" publications sponsored by various institutions, e.g. sports organizations and associations. Such sponsors choose not to publish some facts that may be inconvenient to them. Also, the media contribute to the false image of sport, e.g. by pandering to mass audiences, creating an artificial atmosphere of enormous sporting battles and tournaments to attract viewers, and presenting distorted facts from the careers of elite athletes.