A SPORTING LEGACY TO RECKON WITH
Geopolitics|August 2021
The Most Incredible Olympic Stories

Author: Luciano Wernicke

Publisher: Niyogi Books

Pages: 232

Price: ₹440

It is the stuff of countless dreams and a bucketful of tears. Olympic gold is akin to climbing Mount Everest or winning Wimbledon. It is the absolute icing on the cake for any sportsperson. When Andy Murray become the first Britisher after Fred Perry to win Wimbledon, the cheers weren’t as raucous as they were when he won Gold at the London Olympics. The pinnacle of sporting excellence. Ask any sportsperson and they will tell you what an Olympic medal around their neck means to them. It is number one on any wish list.

The latest edition (the 29th) of this once-in four-year event (actually five at least as far as the Tokyo Olympics goes if you take into account the one-year Covid induced delay to this edition). But the 2020 Olympics—as it is called—has produced its own share of drama, raw human emotion, and incredible performance. It’s a feat of endurance, blood and sweat, and hours and hours of toil. But below the surface, there are innumerable stories of rivalries, vaulting ambitions, and deep personal losses.

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