1st Edition

Sport Participation and Olympic Legacies A Comparative Study

Edited By Spencer Harris, Mathew Dowling Copyright 2021
    218 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines claims that the Olympic Games are a vehicle to inspire and increase mass sport participation. It focuses on the mass sport participation legacy of the most recent hosts of the summer Olympics, including Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London, Rio, and Tokyo.

    It is organised by host city/country and applies an analytical framework to each, addressing the socio-political context that shapes sport policy, the key changes in sport policy, the structure and governance of community sport, the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, and the changes in mass sport participation before, during, and after the Games.

    The book is important reading for students, researchers, and policymakers working in sport governance, sport development or management, and the sport policy sector.

    List of contributors

    Chapter 1 – Introduction
    Spencer Harris and Mathew Dowling

    Chapter 2 – Atlanta 1996: celebration of a century
    Peter Smolianov, Matthew T. Bowers, and Kathy Babiak

    Chapter 3 – Sydney 2000: the spirit of Australia
    Popi Sotiriadou and Millicent Kennelly

    Chapter 4 – Athens 2004: welcome home
    Popi Sotiriadou, Eleni Theodoraki, Dimitris Gargalianos, and George Ganatsios

    Chapter 5 – Beijing 2008: one world, one dream
    Xiaoyan Xing and Shushu Chen

    Chapter 6 – London 2012: inspire a generation
    Spencer Harris and Mathew Dowling

    Chapter 7 – Rio 2016: a new world
    Claudio M. Rocha and Leandro C. Mazzei

    Chapter 8 – Tokyo 2020(+1): united by emotion
    Fumihiro Kaneko

    Chapter 9 – Conclusion
    Spencer Harris and Mathew Dowling



    Spencer Harris is Associate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, USA.

    Mathew Dowling is Senior Lecturer in the Cambridge Centre for Sport & Exercise Sciences, at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.