Children Rights and Mega Sporting Events in 2014

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Children Rights and Mega Sporting Events in 2014

Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies

Public awareness of the impact of mega sporting events (MSEs) on children rights is a recent phenomenon and it shows considerable variation between countries. This research was conducted in order to collect evidence and increase awareness on direct and indirect effects of MSEs to mitigate risks and enhance opportunities for children. It outlines differences between 12 countries (Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom), and examines how media covered the MSEs and their impact on human rights and particular on children rights.

Media resources from the 1st of January to the 31st of December 2014 were scrutinised and peaks as well as lows in media attention were identified and related to three MSEs: the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil (TM) and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. These events were selected in accordance with the aims of the project Children Win and with a view to size and international attention. In an exploratory fashion, articles from 24 different sources in these twelve countries were counted and scanned, aiming at a quantitative and qualitative summary of print and online reporting in 2014.



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Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies

Year

2015

Author

Karen Petry and Till Müller-Schoell

Published

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 23:00

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