The main objective for most sporting event organising committees is to deliver an efficient and safe event.
Future Olympics will be required to report on their legacies for up to five years after the event under the IOC’s new framework.
Amanda De Lisio, Bournemouth University
Rio's sex workers were hoping the 2016 games would also boost their trade – but they were wrong.
After the closing ceremony’s razzmatazz, what will be Rio’s legacy that lingers?
The lasting effects of Olympic Games are measured in more than just concrete stadiums.
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Why children shouldn't specialise in one sport too early.
A candid assessment of the impact of the games, from an academic on the ground.
There’s little evidence relevant government bodies are able to leverage hosting the Olympics to develop a sport participation legacy for the wider population.
The commonly believed mechanism for increasing sport participation assumes that elite sport performances result in a greater number of people taking up sport.
Corporations benefit from using public spaces during the Olympic Games – but Rio made sure local businesses also got a slice of the pie.
Looking back on the legacy of London 2012, it's clear the local artistic community has lost out.
National Olympic committees may not be good at explaining what the benefits of the Games are – but the Greeks were.
Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games/Flickr
In a time when war and sports are the primary means of competition, Olympic gold has never been so valuable – or expensive.
Why we should stop panicking about whether the Olympic venues will be ready and start thinking about the long-term impacts of construction.
Hosting a mega-event isn't all it's cracked up to be - and now some cities are starting to say 'no'.
“You don’t know what you’re doing!” - Tory sport plans are not enough.
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Conservative sport manifesto puts the elite ahead of the grassroots.
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London’s Olympic Velodrome is opening to the public for the first time. The scene of great triumph for Team GB in the London 2012 Olympics, it should welcome droves of budding cyclists who hope to one…