The Olympic Games: An Event Management Perspective
Bradley, Andrew, Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
The Olympic Games is one of the world's largest events and should, therefore, provide a wealth of interesting literature for those interested in all aspects of the academic discipline of event management. Those who are more inclined towards an event studies perspective can focus upon topics such as the politics related to producing a successful bid or the way in which the event is used to convey meanings about the host nation and its people. Alternatively, those interested in the operational management aspects of the event should be able to focus upon the planning, operation, impacts and subsequent evaluation of the staging of the Games. However, a review of the educational resources that are available indicates that although there are some excellent sources of information available, there are some huge gaps in relation to the actual management of this event.
www.gamesbids.com is an independently run website that maintains an archive of the all of the bids made for the summer, winter and youth Olympic bids that have been made during 2008 and also provides copies of all the current bids that have been submitted for the 2016 games. Details are provided on each stage of the voting process to enable the reader to identify patterns in voting activity and to monitor the progress of each city's bid. The site is divided into sections relating to the bids received for each games, an easily searchable archive, and up to date stories on the progress of each bid. The site is of particular interest to those interested in event management as it allows for a comparison to be made between the content of a city's initial bid, its subsequent revisions and, when comparing it to material that is available elsewhere, the similarities and differences to what was actually delivered when the games took place.
www.vancouver2010.com is the official website of the winter games of 2010 due to be held in and around Vancouver, British Columbia in February and March 2010. A first time visitor to the site may be a little put off by the sheer amount of information that is immediately available and the number of possible links and subsections as the site provides information aimed at such diverse populations as spectators, local residents, athletes and those with a more general interest in the event. The Vancouver games, like those of Sydney 2000, raises several issues relating to the portrayal and use of indigenous peoples and there is an excellent section that aims to address this particular issue. The site has its own useful resources section, which although it attempts to cover a huge range of topics, is a useful starting point for those becoming interested in the philosophy and history of all aspects of the winter games.
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Publication information: Article title: The Olympic Games: An Event Management Perspective. Contributors: Bradley, Andrew - Author. Journal title: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education. Volume: 7. Issue: 2 Publication date: November 2008. Page number: 106+. © OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY Apr 2010. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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