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"It matters a great deal who is going to win, but not at all who won"

Willie John McBride, Irish Rugby player

Handbook of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Volume One: Making the Games, Vassil Girgov (Ed), London, Routledge, 2016. ISBN 978-1-138-69450-7

The book consists of 22 chapters dealing with different aspect preparation for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The chapters cover the bidding process, delivering the games, engaging with the UK public, engaging with different sports bodies and engaging with the world.

It suggests that the 2012 Games were different from all previous games in three respects: the commitment of the government to effect social change and deliver legacy, the desire to utilise the Paralympic games introduce a sea change in public attitudes towards disability and to rationalise the inspirational power of the Games.

The discussion of legacy is one of the most interesting aspects of the book: The plans for legacy are stated to be more ambitious than at any previous Games. As time passed, however, the ambitious plans suffered a degree of rationalisation. In addition a change of government led to some legacy aims being quietly dropped as tough economic times developed.

Iain MacRury suggested that: “The most enduring legacy of the Olympics will be the regeneration of an entire community for the direct benefit everyone who lives there”.

An interesting early evaluation of the Games.



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