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Inaugurated in February, the new Arena Porte de La Chapelle, which will be used for gymnastics and badminton, is seen as an opportunity for the area to shed its poor reputation. Miguel Medina/AFP

Does hosting the Olympics, the World Cup or other major sports events really pay off?

Do big sporting events such as the Olympics help boost tourist numbers in the long run? It all depends on where they take place, according to research.
A recent study found that 41 per cent of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes met the criteria for one or more mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders. (Shutterstock)

Big dreams and high demands: The mental health challenges of elite youth athletes

Given the unique demands and pressures of competing in elite sport environments, it is imperative that we pay attention to elite youth athletes’ mental health needs.
Today, the esports industry is worth several billion dollars globally. (Shutterstock)

Why we should take competitive video games more seriously

Electronic sports, or esports, is a practice that is often looked down upon. But it is a growing global phenomenon played on an incredible scale.
Tourists walk past the Olympic rings in front of Paris City Hall with one year until the Paris 2024 Olympic Games opening ceremony, on July 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Gender inequality will still be an issue at the Paris 2024 Olympics — despite the Games being gender-balanced

The IOC needs to look beyond gender parity and work with international federations to address athletes’ conditions of participation in sports to achieve true gender equality.
Women compete in the 20-kilometre race walk at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016. (Shutterstock)

How sport transformed the lives of young Colombians

A Colombian program to help disadvantaged youth used sport to help them steer clear of the dangers they faced on a daily basis, including violence, prostitution, drug addiction, vandalism and gangs.

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