The sport participation legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and other international sporting events hosted in Australia

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Title The sport participation legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and other international sporting events hosted in Australia
Author Veal, A.J.; Toohey, Kristine Margaret; Frawley, Stephen
Journal Name Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract The legacy of an Olympic Games in a host city or country can take a variety of forms, including non-sporting benefits, such as enhanced urban infrastructure and national and international tourism profile, and sporting benefits, such as improved sporting facilities, strengthened sports organisations and potential increases in grassroots sport participation. This paper concentrates on the last of these, particularly in regard to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The paper examines claims by the Olympic movement concerning increased sports participation as a legacy and examines available evidence to consider whether the hosting of the Games boosted sports participation in Australia. While some estimates suggest that participation did increase following the hosting of the 2000 Olympics, the failure of relevant organisations to maintain an adequate and consistent data collection regime makes this conclusion extremely speculative. From 2001 onwards, with the existence of a more stable data collection system and increasing awareness of the idea of a sport participation legacy, it is possible to make more reliable estimates of the pattern of grassroots sports participation following the hosting of the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. However, even when reliable and consistent participation data are available, the question of causality in the context of the wider sport development and participation system remains to be addressed.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19407963.2012.662619
Volume 4
Issue Number 2
Page from 155
Page to 184
ISSN 1940-7963
Date Accessioned 2012-10-25
Date Available 2013-06-03T03:47:38Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute For Tourism
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/47735
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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