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Sport Participation and Olympic Legacies
A Comparative Study

ISBN 9781138696655
Published August 11, 2021 by Routledge
218 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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


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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.