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.
On August 21, West Ham played their first home Premier League match in the newly converted London 2012 Olympic Stadium, but unlike opponents Bournemouth or any other club in the world’s richest league the hosts are getting a free ride courtesy of the British taxpayer.
Figures from Sport England show that the number of people engaging in physical activity has fallen by 0.4% since the London Olympics in 2012. “Disappointing,” says former sports minister Richard Caborn.
The London Olympics in 2012 were supposed to inspire a whole generation to take up sport. It did not happen and the UK government is now giving its entire sports strategy an overhaul in a nationwide consultation process.
Sport England’s newest survey on sport and active recreation in the UK shows a fall in regular sports participation of 220,000 in the past year, the number of active +26-year-olds has dropped by 280,000.
In this report from the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto, Peter Donnelly and Michele K. Donnelly has analysed gender equality in sport using the case of the 2012 London Olympics. The specific focus of the report is on the athletes and on the gender-based structural and rule differences that still exist on the Olympic programme.