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Routledge Handbook of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

1st Edition

Edited by Dikaia Chatziefstathiou, Borja Garcia, Benoit Seguin


480 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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This handbook offers an important and timely contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Olympic Studies. It brings together for the first time in a single volume a complete analysis of current and future economic, commercial, socio-political, cultural and governance challenges facing both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, their athletes and institutions.

The book presents new research and broad surveys exploring pressing debates, challenges and possible solutions surrounding the modern Olympic and Paralympic Games, across diverse socioeconomic and political contexts. Featuring chapters written by leading scholars, athletes and administrators from a range of disciplines and backgrounds, the handbook is divided into four main areas: athletes, business, governance and socio-cultural issues within the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Examining key themes, theories and new emerging issues within the field, the book offers expert insights into every major topic related to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, including doping, integrity, athletes’ rights, culture, nationality, sponsorship, branding, governance, sports policy and law, marketing, social media, technology, e-sports, politics, ethics, international relations, legacy and impact.

The only up-to-date handbook to reflect the true breadth and depth of this international field of research, the Routledge Handbook of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a landmark publication for all students and scholars of sport studies, as well as those working in sport business, media, event management and administration, economics, marketing, management, politics, Olympic studies and cultural studies. It is also an important resource for sport management practitioners and sports officials.

Table of Contents


Part I: Athletes’ Issues in Olympic and Paralympic Games

Edited by Dikaia Chatziefstathiou

1. Dual Career: Balancing success in sport and life

Lucinda Howland, Achilleas Papadimitriou, Vasilis Minoudis and Philip Hurst

2. Athletes and CAS: Protecting athletes’ rights

Gregory Ioannidis

3. Disability, Classification and the Paralympics: Inclusion and exclusion of elite athletes with disabilities Jan Burns

4. Women: Rules and classifications in the Olympics and Paralympics

Kath Woodward

5. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Games: Human rights, unfair advantage and exclusion

Caroline Symons and Ryan Storr

6. Sport and Nationality at the Olympic and Paralympic Games: Flags of convenience?

Steve Greenfield and Guy Osborn

Part II: Olympic and Paralympic Business

Edited by Benoit Seguin

7. Olympic Values: Sponsorship, values and integrity in sport creating a paradigm shift

Richard W. Pound

8. Paralympic Brand Governance: The best of both worlds?

Simon Gérard

9. Sponsoring the Paralympic Games and Breaking Barriers

David Legg

10. Olympic Broadcast Rights

Lisa Delpy Neirotti

11. Activation of Olympic and Paralympic Sponsorship

Stéphan Fuchs and Guillaume Bodet

12. Legal Aspects of the Olympics and Ambush Marketing

John Grady

13. The Evolving #Rule40 of the Olympic Charter: Balancing the interest of sponsors vs athletes

Gashaw Abeza

14. Towards a Shared Olympic Responsibility: Paradoxes and Challenges

Aurélien François, Alain Ferrand and Emmanuel Bayle

15. Esports in the Olympic and Paralympic Games: The business case for integration

Andy Miah and Alex Fenton

16. Organizing the Olympic Games

Milena M. Parent

17. Referendums at Olympic Games

Holger Preuß, Anja Scheu and Maike Weitzmann

Part III: The Governance of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Edited by Borja García

18. The Composition of the IOC: Origins and key turning points in the governance of the Olympic movement

Jörg Krieger and Stefan Wassong

19. Changing Parasport Landscape and The Evolution of the International Paralympic Committee Governance

Laura Misener and Landy Di Lu

20. Organisational Change Campaigns of the Olympic Movement: Insights from structural and cultural adaptations

Eleni Theodoraki

21. Sleeping with an Elephant: The relationship between the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee

David Howe

22. The Autonomy of the Olympic and Sport Movement

Arnout Geeraert

23. Political Autonomy and Control of National Olympic Committees

Henk Erik Meier

24. The Changing Attitude of the IOC and the IPC Towards WADA and the Governance of Anti-Doping

Stacie Gray

25. Board Renewal and Good Governance in the Olympic Movement

Leigh Robinson and Tracy Taylor

26. The Relationship Between the IOC and International Sport Federations

Jinsu Byun and Becca Leopkey

27. The Governance of the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Jean-Loup Chappelet

Part IV: Socio-cultural and Political Issues of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Edited by Dikaia Chatziefstathiou

28. Theory and Research in Scholarship around the Paralympic Games

Ian Brittain

29. Olympic and Paralympic Games and Human Rights

Bruce Kidd

30. Sport for Development and Peace: Convergence and divergence with the Olympic movement

Simon Darnell and Rob Millington

31. Home Advantage in the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Girish Ramchandani, Darryl Wilson and Chris Gratton

32. Debating the Future of Olympic and Paralympic Legacy

Vassil Girginov

33. Can Health-Related Legacies through Physical Activity and Sport be Delivered by the Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Mike Weed

34. Olympic and Paralympic Impacts in Non-Host City Regions

Shushu Chen and Dongfeng Liu

35. Legacies Beyond the Olympic Games: The case of two Youth Olympic Games

Ran Zhou and Kyriaki Kaplanidou

36. Arts and Culture in the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Beatriz Garcia

37. Olympic and Paralympic Games Education Programmes: Education as engagement from a practitioner's view

Nick Fuller and Heather Barr

About the Editors

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou is Reader in Olympic Studies & the Social Analysis of Sport, and Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange Environment, School of Human and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Borja García is Senior Lecturer in Sport Management and Policy at Loughborough University, UK. He is a specialist in public sport policy, European Union sport policy and sports governance. He teaches on the Olympic Movement’s governance at several international universities.

Benoit Séguin is Full Professor in Sport Management at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He specializes in sports marketing, particularly in the areas of sponsorship, ambush marketing and brand.

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