Candidate cities and the Commonwealth Games: the limits of aspiration

Stell, Marion (2013). Candidate cities and the Commonwealth Games: the limits of aspiration. In Susan Dun, Mo’tasem Kalaji and Marion Stell (Ed.), It’s how you play the game: international perspectives on the study of sport (pp. 63-75) Oxford, United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

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Author Stell, Marion
Title of chapter Candidate cities and the Commonwealth Games: the limits of aspiration
Title of book It’s how you play the game: international perspectives on the study of sport
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Inter-Disciplinary Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781848881808
Editor Susan Dun
Mo’tasem Kalaji
Marion Stell
Chapter number 6
Start page 63
End page 75
Total pages 13
Total chapters 12
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Athletes represent their country at international games, but cities compete for the right to host those games. Seduced into a bidding contest by the promise of tangible benefits, the cities embark on years of lobbying to win - not gold medals - but increased infrastructure funding from their own governments, private investment and a hoped-for boost to tourism. The legacy of hosting major games has undergone several profound shifts. While once the desired outcomes were sport-related - national medal tallies, increased sporting capacity and building sports facilities - the legacy to the city is now paramount. In addition, the global awareness of environmental impact and sustainability has led to the insistence on ‘green games’ outcomes by all candidate cities. The last decade has witnessed the importance of the transformative capacity of the games for the city itself. This in turn has affected the type of city entering the bidding process, and nowhere is this more noticeable than in the ‘second-tier’ international sporting events like the Commonwealth Games, where increasingly major regional and industrial working cities have received endorsement. Along the way the hosting aspirations of many ‘developing countries’ on the periphery, especially African countries, have again been snubbed. Regional and working cities use their opportunity to focus transformative urban development to a ‘single point in time’ fulfilling long-held aspirations as well as short-term opportunism by politicians, developers and commercial interests. This chapter focuses on the aspirations and bidding strategy of the successful 2018 Commonwealth Games host city Gold Coast, Australia’s largest regional city, set against its competition from Hambantota, Sri Lanka; a replay of the 2014 bid pitting the working city Glasgow against its unsuccessful Nigerian rival, Abuja. Is the sport even relevant anymore?
Keyword Commonwealth Games
Regional city
Working city
Games bidding
Sports facilities
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Created: Wed, 10 Jul 2013, 11:08:20 EST by Marion Stell on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry