High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


Going for Gold

Almost three hundred athletes from Belgium and the Netherlands are going for gold at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Both countries have hosted the Games before and have participated since the second edition in 1900. In this series, we present stories about the largest sporting event in the world that urgently need to be retold.

1920 Antwerp Summer Olympic Games Poster
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The Podium for Holland, the Plush Bench for Belgium. The Low Countries and the Olympic Games

Belgium is a structural underpower when it comes to sport. The Netherlands is certain to win its hundreth gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics. On the other hand Belgium has provided two presidents of the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge being the current one. For Dutch successes there are organisational and motivational factors and the simple fact that the native Dutch younger generation are the tallest in the world. But let's be honest: sporting success is consolidating around a few major power blocs.

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