The Olympics Is Far More Than A Sporting Event Essay

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The Olympics are far more than a sporting event. Existing in their modern form for hundreds of years, and in various others for thousands, they have shaped the culture of countries in the global community (Hayes, 2012). Despite their cultural significance, in recent years many concerns have risen over the environmental implications that the hosting city of the games sustains with the construction, influx of visitors, and the games themselves. For the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) placed a great deal of importance on sustainability, and set out with the goal to create the most sustainable event possible from start to finish. As the first Olympic Host City to place the environmental impact of the games at the forefront of all stages- from the buildings, waste management, to energy conservation- the success of the London 2012 Olympics from a suitability standpoint is evident. For these reasons, London shows that it is evident that though not easy, it is possible to achieve an environmentally sound Olympic Games.
The official focus on the environment on by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) began in 1986, when it was added as a third pillar of the games- right beside sport and culture. Although the implementation of this vague new pillar into Olympic reality took some time, by the mid nineties, the IOC had developed a Sport and the Environment commission, and more concretely defined its role in the environment as…

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