Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Volume One : Making the Games

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Vassil Girginov
Routledge, 2013 - SPORTS & RECREATION - 321 pages

The Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the world's greatest sporting and cultural event. It tells the complete story of the 2012 Games from inception, through the successful bidding process and the planning and preparation phase, to delivery, the post-Games period and legacy. Written by a world-class team of international Olympic scholars, the book offers analysis of the full social, cultural, political, historical, economic and sporting context of the Games. From the political, commercial and structural complexities of organising an event on such a scale, to the sporting action that holds the attention of the world, this book illuminates every aspect of the 2012 Games, helping us to better understand the vital role that sport and culture play in contemporary global society.

The book is divided into two volumes. Volume One: Making the Games, examines the build-up to London 2012, covering key topics such as:

    • the bidding process
    • planning and decision making
    • financing the Games
    • developing the infrastructure
    • engaging national and international governing bodies of sport
    • engaging the UK public
    • engaging a global public
    • developing a legacy programme
    • the Cultural Olympiad.

Richly illustrated with the personal accounts of key stakeholders, from sports administrators and politicians to athletes and spectators, and including essential data and evocative visual material, this book is essential reading for anybody with a personal or professional interest in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, global culture or the development of sport.


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an introduction
Part 1 Bidding for the Games
Part 2 Delivering the Games
Part 3 Engaging the UK public
Part 4 Engaging sports
Part 5 London 2012 and the worlds participation
Part 6 Conclusions

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About the author (2013)

Vassil Girginov is Reader in Sport Management/Development at Brunel University, UK. He is a founding board member of the Bulgarian Olympic Academy and has been researching, teaching and working for the Olympics for 25 years. His research interests and publications (including six books) are in the field of the Olympic movement, sport development and comparative management and policy analysis.

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