VIDEO COMMENTARY: Olympic Games expert available to speak to media about Rio 2016

The director of Western University’s International Centre for Olympic Studies (ICOS) is available to discuss socio-cultural issues such as politics, commercialism, doping, equity, and governance of the Olympic Games, as well as breaking news items from the upcoming 2016 Rio Games.

Michael Heine specializes in researching Olympic narrative spaces, including those of the host cities, stadiums and sports facilities, as well as the economic narratives of the International Olympic Committee and its public and private partners.

Heine answers some of the key questions heading into 2016 Rio Games next month in this video

Questions answered include:

Why study the Olympics?
What drives our interest in the Olympics?
Are all of the effects of the Olympics positive?
Will Rio be ready for the Olympic Games?

To arrange an interview with Heine, please contact Western’s Senior Media Relations Officer Jeff Renaud at 519-520-7281 or via email at

For regular #Rio2016 updates, media are also encouraged to follow ICOS on Twitter: @westernuOlympic

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interest of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.

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