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Addressing inequality, enhancing diversity and facilitating greater dialogue in the hosting of sporting mega events.

Objective

Major sporting events (MSEs) have been the subject of increasing levels of critique in recent years for the social costs associated with their bidding, planning and delivery. The rationale used by cities and countries for hosting MSEs is often the potential for an event to generate positive economic and social transformation within the host area (Brittain, Bocarro, Byers and Swart, 2017). However, research has repeatedly demonstrated actual impacts of hosting MSEs fall short of these lofty claims and in reality often result in detrimental effects for host populations. The negative impacts of MSEs have variously been reported as: exacerbating human rights abuses; facilitating corruption; supporting elite beneficiaries over those most in need; and transforming host destinations’ urban environment by displacing vulnerable populations. Recent mega sport events (a specific category of the largest MSEs, such as the Olympic Games and World Cup; Muller, 2015) have been the subject of international condemnation for being the catalyst for forced evictions (Beijing 2008; Rio de Janeiro, 2016), restricting media freedom through censorship (Sochi, 2014), abuse of migrant labour in the construction of facilities (Sochi, 2014; Qatar, 2022) and increased political repression (Beijing, 2008). Human Rights Watch has suggested that “Time after time, Olympic hosts have gotten away with abusing workers building stadiums, and with crushing critics and media who try to report about abuses…the right to host the Olympics needs to come with the responsibility not to abuse basic human rights” (Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives, HRW). The EventRights project will explore and produce recommendations as to how MSEs can influence MSE organizing committees and other stakeholders to ensure that progressive social opportunities to address inequality, enhance diversity and facilitate greater dialogue are enshrined in the planning, delivery and legacy plans for the events themselves.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/law/human rights

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 211 600

Participants (4)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 271 400
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF SCOTLAND
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 165 600
Address
High Street
PA1 2BE Paisley
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF PELOPONNESE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 23 000
Address
Stavrou 28 Kai Karyotaki 28
221 00 Tripolis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 101 200
Address
Vasaparken
405 30 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (6)

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Sullivan Drive 270 Suite 240 Box 7514
27695 7514 Raleigh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WASEDA UNIVERSITY
Japan
Address
1-104 Totsuka Machi, Shinjuku-ku
169-8050 Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO
Canada
Address
Richmond Street Nord - Suite 2 1151
N6A 3K7 Ontario -London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDACAO GETULIO VARGAS
Brazil
Address
Praia De Botafogo 190
22 250 900 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MEIJI UNIVERSITY EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Japan
Address
Kanda Surugadai 1-1 2
1018301 Chiyoda Ku Tokyo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GEORGE MASON RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC
United States
Address
4400 University Drive, Ms 5G5
22030 4422 Fairfax
Activity type
Research Organisations