JAPAN’S DOUBLE MEGA EVENT CHALLENGE
It seems fitting that Japan, which hosted Asia’s first Olympic Games in 1964, will host the continent’s first Rugby World Cup in 2019, a year before the Olympics return to Tokyo. Few countries could expect to host two of the world’s biggest sporting events in consecutive years but the Land of the Rising Sun has few equals in getting things done.
WILL RIO PROVE ITSELF AS THE ‘MARVELLOUS CITY’ AT 2016 OLYMPICS?
Rio de Janeiro staged seven 2014 World Cup matches, but the spotlight will shine even more brightly on the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2016. Did football’s showpiece event leave a legacy for the first Olympics in South America and what challenges remain in terms of infrastructure, transport and security?
WORLD CUP SPECIAL REPORT: KICKING BRAZIL’S PLANS INTO TOUCH
As Brazil prepares to host the World Cup there has been intense global media focus on delays to completing some of the stadiums. But organisers of the tournament also had plans for major infrastructure and urban transport works to help transform the 12 host cities. Have such ambitions proved a step too far?
SUSTAINABLE STADIUMS: THREE OF THE WORLD’S BEST
Building and operating a sports stadium requires huge quantities of steel, concrete, electricity and water. In this article for Host City magazine I look at three stadiums that have set the standard for how to reduce the carbon footprint – the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the Estádio Nacional in Brasilia and Marlins Park in Miami.
TAKING PART IN PARKRUN BRINGS MENTAL AS WELL AS PHYSICAL BENEFITS
A volunteer-led nationwide weekly running event is helping improve people’s psychological wellbeing as well as their fitness, new research has found. The free, timed 5km event, known as parkrun, started in one London park in 2004, but has spread to more than 200 locations around the UK and seven other countries.
BRAZILIANS WANT SOCIAL CHANGES THE WORLD CUP CANNOT BRING
When Brazil was awarded the 2014 World Cup in October 2007, FIFA president Sepp Blatter predicted it would have “a big social and cultural impact” for the country. Now Blatter’s words could come back to haunt him after protests have swept across the country.
WORLD’S FIRST DIABETIC CYCLING TEAM TO ‘REBUILD’ SPORT’S IMAGE AFTER LANCE ARMSTRONG AFFAIR
A cyclist who was diagnosed with diabetes as a baby has vowed to restore the sport’s reputation after the Lance Armstrong affair as he launches the world’s first all-diabetic professional cycling team. Phil Southerland declared his intention to enter an entirely diabetic team in the Tour de France.