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The 1948 Olympics: How London Rescued the Games

The 1948 Olympics: How London Rescued the Games

Ref No: 9781899807543

Details: Bob Phillips

Type: Manufacturer


Price: £16.99

The 1948 Olympic Games were the first of the postwar era. Britain was still suffering the after effects of the war. Rationing was in operation. Bomb sites remained throughout London and other major cities. Yet London took on the Games and staged them very successfully. There was no election of London as the chosen venue. The idea had first been raised in 1937 by Lord Burghley that London should hold the Games in 1944. The International Olympic Committee decided without any vote that London should have the 1948 Games. ?The Games cost three quarters of a million pounds ? about 77 million in today?s terms. Compare that to the 2012 budget of 3.3 billion! Of course no new facilities were built. This was the make-do-and-mend Olympics. Athletes were housed in barracks and schools and were given tickets for the underground to make their own way to the stadium. Those British athletes who lived in or near London stayed at home. ?The book tells how London came to be awarded the Games, how they were managed, and their economic, political and social significance. Each of the sports are described, but this is no endless list of dry statistics.


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