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Sport participation legacy and the Olympic Games: The case of Sydney 2000, London 2012, and Rio 2016

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posted on 04.07.2018, 00:00 authored by AC Reis, S Frawley, Danya HodgettsDanya Hodgetts, A Thomson, K Hughes
Sport participation as a legacy of the Olympic Games (OG) has frequently featured as a component of the "legacy package" that government bodies and organizing committees promote to the local communities to gain support for the hosting of these mega-events. However, only recently increased sport participation has been explicitly included as part of a legacy plan in OG candidature files. This article examines the changes and development of sport legacy planning and implementation from Sydney 2000, London 2012, and Rio 2016. The three case studies confirm that sport participation legacies are only achieved if host governments engage the community, develop long-term strategies, and coordinate efforts between different government portfolios and with a range of relevant stakeholders. So far, there is limited evidence available to demonstrate that relevant government bodies have attempted to strategically leverage the Games with the purpose of developing a sport participation legacy for the wider population.

History

Volume

21

Issue

2

Start Page

139

End Page

158

Number of Pages

20

ISSN

1525-9951

Publisher

Cognizant Communication Corporation, USA

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Event Management

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