IOA-The Olympic Games and the Environment

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Abstract

This paper seeks to offer an overview of the possible environment sustainability legacy that can be bequeathed to Olympic Games host nations. We start by discussing the connection of the Games with those of the past through pageantry, ceremonialism, and the ideals of athletics with which they have been associated their revival at the end of the nineteenth century and contemplate the identification of an environmental related connector. Subsequently, we proceed towards identifying the moment that the IOC adopted environmental issues in its programmatic aspirations and offer an account on how the incorporation of the environmental factors into planning, organizational, and legacy concerns has evolved over time. The section that follows concentrates to providing an answer on the environmental sustainability legacy issue by accounting for the findings from four case studies of Olympic Games hosting: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. This is followed by a brief evaluation of the prospects for Rio 2016. We conclude by pulling everything together and delineating the main contours and challenges that lie behind a positive post-Olympic environmental sustainability legacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication56th INTERNATIONAL SESSION FOR YOUNG PARTICIPANTS
Subtitle of host publicationOlympiic values - based learning as an effective tool for environmenmental protection
Pages1-11
Number of pages11
Publication statusAccepted - 15 Jun 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Karamichas, J. (Accepted/In press). IOA-The Olympic Games and the Environment. In 56th INTERNATIONAL SESSION FOR YOUNG PARTICIPANTS: Olympiic values - based learning as an effective tool for environmenmental protection (pp. 1-11)