Mega-Events

  • Photo: Rob/Flickr
    By Igor Kovač
    05.07.2017 /
    Petitions and referendums against Olympic bids show that the Olympic Games are no longer perceived as indisputably beneficial as they are presented to the public as being. Through a look at the city development plans for the Rio 2004 and 2016 bids, Igor Kováč points to some of the reasons why.
  • 15.06.2017 /
    With the publication of a damning report on working conditions at Russian World Cup Stadium construction sites, Human Rights Watch call for more transparency from FIFA about their efforts in securing human rights. This challenges what FIFA reported earlier this week, when issuing an ‘activity report’ on the organisation’s progress in the field.
  • Photo: Colourbox
    01.02.2017 /
    The Swedish Olympic Committee initially wanted to host the 2022 winter Games, but the city said no. Now, the tune has changed. A majority in the municipality of Stockholm wants to proceed with a bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2026.
  • Photo: Tony Evans/Flickr
    27.01.2017 /
    While the Budapest City Assembly approved the city’s bid for the Olympics in 2024, a youth organisation has initiated an anti-Olympics campaign and is advocating for a referendum to decide whether to go forward with the bid or not.
  • 10.01.2017 /
    Los Angeles is the latest bidding city to project large economic benefits from hosting an Olympic Games. However, a number of Olympic legacy studies suggest less certain outcomes.
  • Photo: Toshihiro Gamo/Flickr
    09.01.2017 /
    By 2016, the cost of preparing the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games had almost quadrupled the initial budget. But then, Tokyo got a new governor.
  • Photo: COLOURBOX
    07.11.2016 /
    Certain economic and socio-political tendencies are determinant factors when countries bid for an Olympic Games, says a statistical study showing that long-term economic growth, long-term history of autocracy or prioritising of health are among the decisive factors.
  • Photo: G Traveler/Flickr
    03.11.2016 /
    An inquiry into spiraling costs for converting the main 2012 London Olympic stadium into a Premier League football ground has finally been ordered more than two years after the problem was first revealed.

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