*A Cultural Season Celebrating the Olympics*
From 27 July to 12 August, all eyes will be on London and the 30th edition of the modern Olympic Games. Through several seminars, debates, talks and screenings, the Institut français proudly takes up its role as heir to Baron Pierre de Coubertin. We will host a series of sports-themed cultural events in South Kensington between February and July 2012. With sport as the underlying topic, the Institut intends to cover all the current issues, thanks to the participation of experts from both sides of the Channel. To kick off the season, the inaugural conference *Olympics Games: What Are We Talking About* on 16 February will look at the heritage of Pierre de Courbertin. The Institut will also organise a day of talks dedicated to more economic questions such as football as a business, and sport betting on 15 March.
*Are You Game?* is curated by José Carlin Perez and organised by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni
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Programme Olympic Games: What Are We Talking About?
[image: whatarewetalkingabout]In these globalised times, is there any sense in upholding the spirit of de Coubertin and the modern Olympic Games? During the course of this conference, our speakers will join us in analysing what remains of that Olympic spirit, and the many varied factors that shape what it means today, such as sporting dominance and national identity, doping, TV rights and betting. To debate the issue, we will be calling on sports persons, political figures and the leaders of the Olympic movement today to give their views, such as *Denis Masseglia* (President of the Comité National Olympique et Sportif Français), *Jean Durry *(Sport historian), *Dr Dikaia Chatziefstathiou* (Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport, University of Canterbury), *Stéphan Caron* (100m freestyle swimming bronze medal winner at the summer Olympics in 1988 and 1992, and curent Chief Commercial Director, GE Capital), and other guests to be confirmed.
*Thu 16 Feb* 2.00pm – 4.00pm | £12, conc. £8, students £5 | in English and French | book online https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/book?show=bzp4pk
Too Much Money in Sports?
[image: toomuchmoneyinsports]At a time when the billionaires of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Russia are treating themselves to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, should football still be viewed as a fully fledged Olympic sport? Is it even a sport at all, or just another business? And has the beautiful game been tainted by this influx of money? The discussion will also address the subject of sport betting. Should the advent of online betting be seen as a genuine threat to fair play and the spirit of sport? Answering those questions will be the men with the power to influence the decisions that will shape the future of the game. *Keir Radnege *(sport consultant and former sport journalist for *The Guardian* and *The Independent*) will chair the talk.
*Thu 15 Mar* 3.00pm – 5.30pm | £12, conc. £8, students £5 | in English and French | book online https://www.institut-francais.org.uk/book?show=pmkt9b