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The Challenge of Major Events

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The Challenge of Major EventsMajor events cause profound changes in the cities that host them as headquarters. Massive investments are made on infrastructure, security, transport system and services. A point to be discussed is the issue of sustainability. Facilities for the sports games, for example, must also be thought for their use in other activities after the completion of the event.

The great challenge is building structures that may be useful after the events, leaving an Olympic legacy which would continue stimulating a sustainable growth path.

If, on the one hand, it is an excellent opportunity to move the economy and make important physical legacies for the local population, on the other, these events also bring an important institutional and social legacy.

The institutional is that obtained by the experience in managing a major event and by the alliances formed. With regard to the social legacy, there are reflections quite comprehensive, covering not only the improvements achieved with investments in health and safety but also the social inclusion provided by temporary jobs. All legacies have a direct influence on the relationship between society and its space providing new options for leisure, learning, and investment’s opportunities.

To serve the interests of society, an event must be conducted with transparent management where there is no waste of public resources leaving a legacy not only material but also cultural that justifies the high investment. It is therefore a long-term planning that must take into account the sphere of the post-event and, consequently, to involve economic and social dimensions

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