Social legacy of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are billed to be the sports events of the year. But what does it have in store for the community and society as a whole? sportanddev takes a look into some of the most contentious and unusual issues surrounding the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, its legacy and social impact
Lord Seb Coe issuing certificates to the participants of the International Inspiration programme in Tanzania
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Social impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on China

  • 01 June 12 |
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Susan Brownell in front of the Bird’s Nest Stadium
Susan Brownell reflects on the social implications of the Beijing Olympics for China and its society, how this affected relations with the western world and ways of thought
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An Interview with Wilfried Lemke

  • 30 May 12 |
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Mr Lemke speaking at an event organized by the UK Mission to the UN in New York on the occasion of the adoption of the Olympic Truce Resolution on 17 October 2011. From right to left: Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games  (LOCOG); Sir Mark Lyall Grant, UK Ambassador to the UN; Mr Lemke; Ali Mohamed and Amber Charles, LOCOG Olympic Truce Youth Ambassadors.
The Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace speaks about the institution of the Olympic truce and the challenges it will face at the London games Read more

Disability Sports in Estonia: Reflections by a Para-Olympian

  • 29 May 12 |
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Marge Korkjas in Athens 2004 Paralympic Games
Four time Para-Olympian Marge Korkjas discusses the rise of disability sport in Estonia, sources of inspiration, how she has now become a role model for others with disabilities and the awareness of ... Read more

Beijing: when humanitarian issues and Olympic values collide

  • 28 May 12 |
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Ana Adi
The Beijing Olympics raised questions about the Olympic values, provided the ground for numerous protests and sowed the seeds for change within the International Olympic Committee and Beijing ... Read more

2020 Olympics: Three cities competing for one lasting legacy

  • 25 May 12 |
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London 2012 will allegedly bring some social developments in the UK. The 2020 Olympics will have a tougher social mission to accomplish
The IOC announced that Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid have made the shortlist of cities bidding to host the 2020 Olympic Games. Sportanddev reflects on the social legacies the Olympics could bring to ... Read more

Sir Philip Craven comments on the social impact of the Paralympics

  • 25 May 12 |
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Sir Philip Craven
On the occasion of the upcoming London 2012 Paralympic Games, sportanddev speaks with the President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven about the social impact of the ... Read more

Teaching Olympism in Barbados

  • 24 May 12 |
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Michael Thomas Kwiatkowski teaching Olympic values to children in Barbados
Michael Thomas Kwiatkowski reflects on his experience of teaching Olympic values, lessons learned and the importance of teamwork and partnerships in the field of S&D
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The Tunisian experience in disseminating Olympic values

  • 22 May 12 |
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Ahmed Allouch volunteering in the first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
Ahmed Allouch analyses the educational programmes developed by the Tunisian Olympic Committee and reflects on the social impact of Olympic education in Tunisia, especially after the revolution
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