Research Handbook on Sport Governance
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Research Handbook on Sport Governance

Edited by Mathieu Winand and Christos Anagnostopoulos

Sports governance has developed into a considerable field of research, and has piqued many researchers’ interest worldwide. What’s more, recent scandals that have affected the world of sport can be directly related to misgovernance. Research Handbook on Sport Governance aims to gather the state-of-the art research on sports governance. It offers a vital reference point for advancing research on the matter, while illustrating different approaches and perspectives, such as good governance principles, systemic governance, political governance and network governance.
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Chapter 17: The governance of legacy in the Olympic Movement: a theoretical framework

Becca Leopkey


The hosting of the Olympic Games is a highly elaborate and sophisticated endeavour. As a result, a successful event can only be achieved by a strong joint effort by all stakeholders at all levels. An additional level of difficulty in this process is the responsibility of the event hosts to ensure a positive and sustainable event legacy as a result of hosting the Games. While researchers have begun to investigate the topic, there continues to be a lack of strategic guidelines that explain and define the core issues related to the governance of event legacy. As a result, many stakeholders continue to struggle with the concept of legacy and are uncertain as to its proper governance. In an attempt to fill this void, the purpose of this chapter is to present a theoretical framework for the governance of legacy within the Olympic Movement.

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