A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Binding has minimal wear. The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
|Seller Notes:||“Slight Creasing To Spine and Wear To Edges Of Pages”|
|Description||How well do you kw the Friendly Games? Sports journalist Brian Oliver brings the Commonwealth Games to life with riveting stories of the athletes who have competed over the years. He delves into the best tales of the past and interviews the key protagonists to unveil the highs and lows of this idiosyncratic sporting competition. There is the classic contest between Roger Bannister and John Landy just months after both had at last broken the four-minute mile, and the lesser-kwn struggles of one of Australia's greatest swimmers, Dawn Fraser, against the petty-minded and all-male `silver spoon mob' who ran amateur sport. Read the sad tale of Emmanuel Ifeajuna, the first ever black African to win a gold medal, in any sport in any international event. He won high jump gold in 1954 and became a national hero in Nigeria, but after staging a coup was arrested for treachery and shot by firing squad. Find out why the 1974 Games in Christchurch, New Zealand were kwn as the `Emigration Games', and the story behind the bitter 1980s swimming pool rivalry between England's Adrian Moorhouse and Victor Davis of Canada. There are many more, from that of 4-foot 10-inch weightlifter Precious McKenzie - who rose through brutal abuse and discrimination to record-breaking success and a dance with the Princess Royal - to the penniless and boycotted 1986 Games in Edinburgh that were `saved' by Robert Maxwell and a bucket of fried chicken. The Commonwealth Games is a fascinating insight into human tales of endeavour, success and failure.|
|Author Biography||Brian Oliver was Sports Editor of the Observer 1998-2011, and co-inventor of Observer Sport Monthly. He worked for the Daily Telegraph 1983-98, was a Venue Media Manager at London 2012, and has an honorary doctorate from Brighton University for his contribution to sports journalism.|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Date of Publication||22/05/2014|
|Subject||General Sport & Fitness Training|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||194596965|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Country of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Content Note||16 page plate section of photographs|
|Format Details||Hardback (stationery)|
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