2016 OLYMPIC GAMES: SOCIAL IMPACTS FOR PUBLIC PARKS GOERS

Cinthia Lopes Silva, Tomeka Robinson, Matthew Benjamin Walker, Rachel Garnet, Wesley Marques Silva, Nathalia Sara Patreze

Resumo


The objective of this work was to analyze the positive and negative social impacts of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for public park goers. Sports megaevents have gone through tremendous changes since the 1960s. In the 1990s, they became a kind of business, an instrument of commercial, political, urban and media interest, aimed at profits and the image of the host nation. Consequently, there has been a lot of competition on the choosing of the next host nation, and they say the games bring significant improvements to the host nations in economical, social and urban aspects, besides the repercussion of the country's image, which will be reflected internationally and could generate a higher number of tourists and bigger foreign investments, and in this way contribute to boosting the local ecnonomy. It is, therefore, essential that host nations conduct research to inform public policies of sports and leisure targeted at minimizing the negative social impacts and amplifying the positive ones at such events. Field and bibliographic data were used as method procedures for this mixed-methods investigation. The field research was done through questionnaires for public parks goers. Most public park goers said that the positive impact of the 2016 Olympic Games is social interaction, but the negative is the high budget.

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Sports, Public Policies, Leisure activities, Population, Quality of life.

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