From the IOC Sport and Environment Commission to Sustainability and Legacy Commission: Discussing the prospects for Environmental Sustainability legacy of Olympic Games host nations under Agenda2020

John Karamichas

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Abstract

In 2014, the IOC Sport and Environment Commission (SEC) was renamed the Sustainability and Legacy Commission with new Agenda 2020 recommendations. This paper starts by offering an overview of the environmental sustainability (ES) legacy bequeathed to Olympic host nations since Sydney2000, the first ‘Green Olympics’ that underscored the changing attitudes towards environmental concern. However, as both Sydney2000 and Athens2004 did not escape exorbitant costs, the IOC agreed an Olympic Games Impact (OGI) Study in 2001 with a raft of social, economic, cultural and environmental indicators. With that in mind the paper continues by discussing the ES legacy under OGI studies as that relates to Beijing2008, London2012 and Rio2016. The findings suggest that there is not causality between hosting the Games and improvements and the ES capacity of the host nation. The last section ponders about the potential changes that can be brought about by Agenda2020 recommendations and concludes by identifying a range of parameters that need to be taken into account in order to examine post-event ES capacity of Olympic Games host nations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 08 Jun 2017
EventSport Development and Environment Symposium, University of Toronto - Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 08 Jun 201709 Jun 2017
https://kpe.utoronto.ca/thu-06082017-0830/sport-sustainable-development-setting-research-agenda

Workshop

WorkshopSport Development and Environment Symposium, University of Toronto
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period08/06/201709/06/2017
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Keywords

  • IOC
  • Agenda 2020
  • sustainability
  • Environment
  • Olympic Games Impact

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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