Olympians’ perspectives of environmental sustainability within the Olympic games

Argyro Elisavet Manoli*, Claire Lomax, David O’Byrne, Georgios A. Antonopoulos

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The Olympic Games (OG) are renowned for their prestige and socio-economic benefits; however, they have suffered criticism for their environmental practices. Unlike existing studies on the matter, which adopt top-down approaches, the purpose of this exploratory study is to conduct bottom-up research to understand Olympians’ perspectives of environmental sustainability within the OG. Data collected through semi-structured interviews with eight Olympians are used in this study to uncover an initial indication of their valuable yet previously undisclosed perspectives. Through the data, the Olympians’ awareness of the symbiotic relationship between sport and the environment is shown, alongside the factors that influence it. Uncovering Olympians’ perspectives allows for their call for change and collaboration with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to be highlighted, while indicating that existing obstacles might be limiting the athletes and the Olympics in their efforts, progress and internalisation of environmental sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalLeisure Studies
Early online date10 Feb 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2024

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