Mega events, Fear and Risk: Terrorism at the Olympic Games

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Title Mega events, Fear and Risk: Terrorism at the Olympic Games
Author Toohey, Kristine Margaret
Journal Name Journal of Sport Management
Editor Lucie Thibault
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Champaign, Illinois
Publisher Rainer Martens
Abstract Since 1972, there has been an association between terrorism, violence, and the Olympic Games. The events of September 11, 2001, however, clearly reescalated concerns about the Games being a terrorist target. This conceptual article discusses the theories of the risk society and the precautionary principle to understand and interpret how visitors to the most recent Summer Games, Athens 2004, framed their decision to attend. Consistent with risk theory, a strong public and financial commitment to safety at the Games was evident, with the organizers undertaking wide-ranging large-scale risk management initiatives. Athens attendees, while displaying tenets of risk aversion and engagement with a discourse of fear, also showed resilience, resistance, and indifference to potential terrorism threats. Implications for both theory and practice are noted.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://journals.humankinetics.com/jsm-back-issues/JSMVolume22Issue4July/MegaEventsFearandRiskTerrorismattheOlympicGames
Volume 22
Issue Number 4
Page from 451
Page to 469
ISSN 0888-4773
Date Accessioned 2009-03-10
Date Available 2011-11-16T06:40:47Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/23153
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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