Hosting the Olympic Games: Uncertainty, Debates and Controversy provides a broad and comprehensive analysis of past Olympic and Paralympic events, shedding critical light on the future of the Games with a specific look at the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympics. It draws attention to the debates and paradox that hosting the Games presents for the contemporary city.
Employing a range of interdisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches, individual chapters highlight the various controversies of the Games throughout the bidding process, the event itself and its aftermath. Social Science-based chapters place strong emphasis on the vital importance of sustainable strategy for contemporary host cities. Along with environmental concerns whether atmospheric, microbiological or otherwise, many other requirements, costs and risks involving security and public expenditure among others are explored throughout the book.
Including a variety of international and comparative case studies from a range of contributing academics, this will be essential reading for students and researchers in the field of Event studies as well as various disciplines including Tourism, Heritage studies and Urban and Environmental studies.
List of illustrations. List of contributors. Foreword: building the Olympic legacy for Paris 2024. Acknowledgements.
Introduction: Lessons from the past to understand the future of the Games. Marie Delaplace and Pierre-Olaf Schut
Part I: Some debates concerning hosting Olympic Games
1. Why do cities withdraw from hosting the Olympic Games? Nathalie Fabry and Sylvain Zeghni 2. The battle for public opinion in host cities: The paradox of the Olympics as a troubled brand. Harry H. Hiller 3. The International Olympic Committee’s struggle against growing gigantism of the Olympic Games. Anna Kobierecka and Michał Marcin Kobierecki
Part II: Olympic Games as a tool for urban and territorial development?
4. The territorial and urban dimensions of the Summer Olympics: A review of publications (1984–2018). José Chaboche and Alain Schoeny 5. Bidding for the Olympic Games: A gearing effect? Pierre-Olaf Schut 6. The role of heritagization in managing uncertainties linked to major events and mega urban projects: Comparing the Olympic Games in London (2012) and Athens (2004). Cécile Doustaly and Geneviève Zembri-Mary 7. The relationship between Olympic Games and tourism: Why such heterogeneity?: Towards a place-based approach. Marie Delaplace
Part III: Risk, uncertainty and environmental issues
8. Integrating public behaviours into operational responses to crisis situations: A way to improve security of major events? Paul-Henri Richard, Patrick Laclémence, Audrey Morel Senatore and Guillaume Delatour 9. The microbiological quality of the Seine River: Is it compatible with open water Olympic competitions? Françoise Lucas, Bernard de Gouvello, Jean-Marie Mouchel, Laurent Moulin, Pierre Servais and Sébastien Wurtzer 10. Paris 2024 Olympic/Para-Olympic Games and air quality. Gilles Foret, Matthias Beekmann, Olivier Ramalho, Martin Koning, Martial Haeffelin, Etienne de Vanssay, Rachel Nadif, Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Pietro Bernardara and Jean-David Bernard Conclusion: Towards Olympic public–private partnerships. Jean-Loup Chappelet