Sport Mega-Event Hosting and Environmental Concern: From Sydney to Rio

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This paper examines the extent to which the proclamation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Olympic Games hosting can improve the environmental capacity of the host nation holds. It singles out the post-event environmental concern exhibited by the population of the host country as the most important indicator and proceeds towards examining how successive host nations have performed in relation to that. The intervening variable of the global environmental crisis is put under the microscope and as a result the general conclusion suggests that environmental concern is much more tied to the general socio-economic predicament that the host country finds itself to be in the post-event phase than the successful hosting of green Games.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-39
Number of pages18
JournalAEgean Journal of Environmental Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Capacity building
  • Ecological modernization
  • Environmental concern
  • Olympic Games
  • Protest


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