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posted on 2024-03-28, 17:39 authored by Argyro Elisavet Manoli, Claire Lomax, David O'ByrneDavid O'Byrne, Georgios A Antonopoulos

The Olympic Games (OG) are renowned for their prestige and socio-economic benefits; however, they have suffered criticism for their environmental practices. Unlike existing studies on the matter, which adopt top-down approaches, the purpose of this exploratory study is to conduct bottom-up research to understand Olympians’ perspectives of environmental sustainability within the OG. Data collected through semi-structured interviews with eight Olympians are used in this study to uncover an initial indication of their valuable yet previously undisclosed perspectives. Through the data, the Olympians’ awareness of the symbiotic relationship between sport and the environment is shown, alongside the factors that influence it. Uncovering Olympians’ perspectives allows for their call for change and collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be highlighted, while indicating that existing obstacles might be limiting the athletes and the Olympics in their efforts, progress and internalisation of environmental sustainability. 

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  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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Leisure Studies

Publisher

Informa UK

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author(s)

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This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.

Acceptance date

2024-01-18

Publication date

2024-02-10

Copyright date

2024

ISSN

0261-4367

eISSN

1466-4496

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr David O'Byrne. Deposit date: 28 March 2024

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