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John Horne and Yoshio Takahashi

An “East Asian Era” has been unfolding in the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other sports and nonsport mega-events. 1 At the time of writing, Beijing is preparing to act as host for the next Winter Games in 2022, following PyeongChang’s hosting of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic

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Jules Boykoff

of intricate financialized accumulation modes ( Sahr, 2022 ), resource wars ( Van der Ploeg, 2018 ), and intractable debt traps ( Dienst, 2011 )—sports mega-events have emerged as an apt site for soaking up surplus capital, stoking popularity with restive domestic publics, and rejuvenating

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NaRi Shin and Jon Welty Peachey

Hosting sport megaevents, particularly the Olympic Games, remains a popular developmental tactic for governments due to the Games’ prospective contributions to national and local development driven by the influx of visitors and infrastructure investment ( Roche, 2000 ). The International Olympic

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Xiaoyan Xing and Laurence Chalip

Sport mega-event organizing committees have three uniquely challenging characteristics: They grow rapidly; they are temporary; they are accountable for event symbolisms. Effects of these characteristics are examined via participant observation and in-depth interviews with twelve lower-level employees of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) two years before the Beijing Olympics. Four themes about their working lives were identified: The daily work is mundane; BOCOG is bureaucratic; privilege has its privileges; my immediate working environment nurtures me. The mega-event context was also important; workers described it using: The Olympics are great and grand; the Olympics are valuable for China; the Olympics illustrate the challenges that China faces in the 21st century; BOCOG is uniquely high profile; BOCOG helps us to understand Chinese society. Employees used four themes to describe the coping strategies they applied to manage the challenges of working for the organizing committee: I have to confront or adjust; my work at BOCOG allows me to develop myself; working at BOCOG represents a passionate life with idealism; I get to be part of history. Findings suggest that social support, the symbolic significance of the event, and learning through event work mitigate the stresses of working to host a mega-event. Future work should examine the workers’ lives longitudinally over the lifespan of an organizing committee to delineate the dynamics of meanings and experiences in mega-event work.

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John Nadeau, Norm O’Reilly, Erdinc Cakmak, Louise Heslop, and Sonja Verwey

In this paper, the authors address a literature gap with regard to sponsorship outcomes of mega-events and their host countries. This paper is about research that investigates the interrelatedness of three important images—host country, mega-event, and sponsor images—from the perspective of a cameo appearance building on the sponsorship and brand placement literature. It is based on the premise that the host city makes a cameo appearance during a mega-event for sport tourists while the event itself makes a cameo appearance for residents of the host country. The results indicate that mega-events can have a transitory influence, and that cameo effects exist, but that the patterns of relationships are different for sport tourists and residents.

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Lin Yu, Hanhan Xue, and Joshua I. Newman

to evoke the definition put forward by Maurice Roche ( 2000 ) in the opening pages of his influential Mega-Events and Modernity : Mega-events are large-scale cultural (including commercial and sporting) events which have a dramatic character, mass popular appeal and international significance. They

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Martha Saavedra

By Heather Sykes. Taylor & Francis, 2017, Abingdon, Oxon and New York, NY. In their book, The sexual and gender politics of sport mega-events: Roving colonialism , Heather Sykes and contributors Manal Hamzeh and Salima Bhimani document and analyze activism focused on neo-liberal and securitized

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Janine Coates and Philip B. Vickerman

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games aimed to deliver a legacy to citizens of the United Kingdom, which included inspiring a generation of young people to participate in sport. This study aimed to understand the legacy of the Paralympic Games for children with disabilities. Eight adolescents (11–16 yr) with physical disabilities were interviewed about their perceptions of the Paralympic Games. Thematic analysis found 3 key themes that further our understanding of the Paralympic legacy. These were Paralympians as role models, changing perceptions of disability, and the motivating nature of the Paralympics. Findings demonstrate that the Games were inspirational for children with disabilities, improving their self-perceptions. This is discussed in relation to previous literature, and core recommendations are made.

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Madeleine Orr and Walker J. Ross

interrupting play (e.g.,  Dave & O’Connor, 2021 ), and sea level rise potentially flooding sports infrastructure ( McGrath, 2020 ). For her WWC, Nico looks to mega-events like the Olympic Games and FIFA Men’s World Cups for comparison of climate strategy. When these events take place, organizers try to account

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Claudio M. Rocha

, 2003 ). As private funding has proven to be a fallacy for most hosts all around the world ( Solberg & Preuss, 2007 ), residents’ support has worked as a seal of approval for public money investment in sport mega-events like the OG. Local residents’ support creates legitimacy for government investment