• By Erick Omena
    05.12.2018 /
    The historical roots and deeper conditions of the 'demonstrations cup' in Brazil in 2013 are essential for the understanding of the movement’s consequences, says Erick Omena. In this essay, he looks into the genealogy of the public protests in Brazil leading up to the FIFA Confederations Cup, the first of three mega sporting events held in the country from 2013-2016.
  • Photo: NOlympicsLA.com/Flickr
    By Gregory Andranovich, Matthew Burbank
    07.11.2018 /
    American cities have not had much tradition for anti-Olympic movements in spite of a series of Olympic bids in recent years. This might be changing, writes Greg Andranovich and Matthew J. Burbank in this article that analyses the current anti-Olympic movement in Los Angeles, which is based on public awareness and social justice.
  • Photo: Sybille Bauriedl
    By Anne Vogelpohl, Sybille Bauriedl
    24.10.2018 /
    Through an evaluation of Hamburg’s referendum for the 2024 Games, this third article in a series about civil society, contestation, and the Games examines the role of citizen participation and discusses some of the reasons why the NOlympia campaign gained so much resonance in the city and outside Germany.
  • Photo: Kremlin.ru
    By Stanis Elsborg
    23.10.2018 /
    Sporting events in Russia are directly linked to the formation of a new Russian national idea and identity under Putin’s rule and have become an important tool in forming the narrative of the nation and establishing a meaningful relationship between the past, present and future, writes Stanis Elsborg in this analysis on sport and identity in Russia.
  • Photo: Vladimir Varfolomeev/Flickr
    By Sven Daniel Wolfe
    08.10.2018 /
    This second article in our series on civic contestation of mega-events looks to Russia and the protests that have played out here in spite of the efforts by authorities to stifle and suppress popular resistance.
  • Photo: Grüne Fraktion Bayern/Flickr
    By Dennis Pauschinger, John Lauermann
    08.10.2018 /
    In this first introductory article, Dennis Pauschinger from the University of Neuchâtel and John Lauermann from the City University of New York discuss similarities and differences of the various movements that have arisen and discuss whether it is a global movement, or rather a locally founded ‘globalised way of protesting the World Cup and the Olympics’.
  • Photo: seanknoflick/Flickr
    By Stanis Elsborg
    04.10.2018 /
    Qatar has announced its national development strategy for 2018-2022, which has great emphasis on sport as a major factor in strengthening the country’s economic development and its image internationally. The following analysis is a brief summary of a bigger research conducted by the author.
  • Photo: Lulu di Mello
    By Jorge Knijnik
    09.07.2018 /
    After four years of the ‘best World Cup ever’, Brazil’s World Cup legacy is taking shape – and it doesn’t look pretty for the lovers of the once iconic ‘jogo bonito'. Jorge Knijnik looks into the cultural, political and sporting impact of the 2014 event on the people of Brazil.
  • Photo: Oleg Bkhambri (Volmetro)/FWikimedia
    By Christer Ahl
    04.07.2018 /
    Is the need and public demand for amusement diluting the intrinsic values of sport, asks Christer Ahl in this opinion piece that looks into what we are prepared to sacrifice on the altar of entertainment.
  • Photo: ADNO/Flickr
    By Andreas Selliaas
    27.06.2018 /
    Analysis: The race for the seat as WADA president has begun. At a conference in Oslo this week, Norwegian Linda Hofstad Helleland kicked off her campaign. Some of the loudest critics of the current anti-doping system seem to support her.

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