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Impacts of the Olympic Games as mega-events.

  Mega sporting events can be defined by their impacts and
complexity in organisation and delivery. This paper
reviews the literature on the features of such events and,
drawing particular examples from recent Olympic Games,
it identifies the nature and extent of their impacts on the
host country and community. These range from the
political, social, economical, physical and cultural and can
be negative as well as positive. The paper concludes that
while the prospect of economic growth is the driving force
behind bids for hosting the Olympic Games, the legacies
that follow their hosting are difficult to quantify, prone to
political interpretation and multifaceted.

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    07 September 2004

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    Thomas Telford for ICE

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  • Library of Congress:

    HD28 Management. Industrial Management

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    338.4791 Tourist industry


Malfas, M., Theodoraki, E. & Houlihan, B. (2004). Impacts of the Olympic Games as mega-events. Proceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering. ME3, 209-220. doi:10.1680/muen.2004.157.3.209. ISSN 0965-089X



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