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Kaveepong Lertwachara, Jittima Tongurai, and Pattana Boonchoo

The economic benefits of hosting mega sporting events have often been debated. Although events, such as the Olympic Games and the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) World Cup, are frequently described as engines of economic development and growth, there is still limited

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Elaine Chiao Ling Yang, Michelle Hayes, Jinyan Chen, Caroline Riot, and Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore

athletes in mega-sporting events. Within the handful of studies, most have focused on social media content posted by news and sports organizations (see, e.g.,  Litchfield & Kavanagh, 2019 ), with little attention to those made by the general public. Based on the aforementioned gaps, this study investigates

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Younghan Cho, Charles Leary, and Steven J. Jackson

Asia’s sports-mediascapes are increasingly globalized and regionalized, as are the roles played specifically by global sports in the processes of reconstituting national imaginaries among local populations as they undergo the larger experience of globalization. As such, the thesis of “glocalization” developed by Roland Robertson informs the essays in this special issue that tackle recent trends in sports culture in Asian localities, engaged in a global arena. As Asian locales host mega sporting events and new mediscapes for the glocal sports industry, glocal sports fan, and the glocal athlete, the essays in this special issue propose crucial concerns for the discipline of sports studies.

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Heather J. Gibson, Christine Xueqing Qi, and James J. Zhang

Although there is growing awareness of the relationship between hosting mega-sporting-events and destination image, there is little empirical evidence documenting what images people hold before an event. The purpose of this study was to investigate the images young Americans hold of China both as a tourist destination and as the host of the 2008 Olympic Games. Specifically, the relationships among destination image, travel intentions, and tourist characteristics were explored. A total of 350 college students were surveyed before the close of the Athens Olympic Games. Overall, the respondents perceived China and the Beijing Olympic Games positively. Destination image was significantly (p < .05) predictive of the intention to travel to China and the Olympic Games. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that destination image partially mediated the relationship between past international travel experience and intention to travel. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed with a view to promoting China as a tourist destination and the host of the Olympic Games.

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Martha Saavedra

coloniality, gender and sexuality expressed through mega-sporting events is ultimately at the heart of the research. Each case is persuasive, but the cases are disparate in focus, method and context. In the penultimate chapter, Sykes extends the activism discussion onto other events and circumstances, such as

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Carrie LeCrom and Michael Naylor

World Cup, and other mega sporting events attract in-person and television audiences that outpace any other event worldwide ( Sponsorship Intelligence, 2016 ), while sport tourism has become a major economic driver for cities across the globe ( Kurtzman, 2005 ). As a result, sport managers must

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Douglas Booth

” from critical theory in the intervening years. Gruneau concludes Chapter 4 advocating a return to critical social theory. This advocacy segues into the final chapter where he uses critical social theory to interrogate sport for development initiatives and mega-sporting events—again, primarily the

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Joyce Olushola Ogunrinde

can be made consistently to promote ES. In Chapter 17, Kaplanidou explores the environmental legacies of mega sporting events from the perspective of the residents using the literature and empirical data. Drawing on personal experience with the Commission for a Sustainable London, Theodokai employs a

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Eddie T.C. Lam

of, an international mega sporting event. In the section of the book covering consequences of sport corruption, both the micro and macro consequences of sport corruption across the sport industry are explored. Chapters 7 and 8 examine the consequences of sport corruption at the micro level, and

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Shushu Chen and Laura Misener

When cities and nations bid to host a mega sporting event, it is claimed that staging the event will generate various benefits not only for the host city but also for the country as a whole ( Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid Committee, 2014 ; British Olympic Committee, 2005 ). However, events