Title

From integration with China to engagement with the world : international mega-sports events in post-handover Macau

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The International Journal of the History of Sport

Publication Date

2016

Volume

33

Issue

11

First Page

1254

Last Page

1267

Publisher

Routledge

Keywords

Macau, international mega-sports event, the 2005 East Asian Games, the 2006 Lusophone Games, the 2007 Asian Indoor Games

Abstract

Within a few years after its retrocession to China, Macau successively completed the celebrations of an East Asian Games, a Lusophone Games and an Asian Indoor Games. This article intends to understand the reason why the city chose to become a zealous host of sporting mega-events. Through scrutinizing journalist reports, official almanacs and academic works, the findings revealed that the East Asian Games enabled Macau to accept the norms of China and follow its trend, whereas the Lusophone Games and the Asian Indoor Games facilitated the city to respectively enhance its influence in the international Portuguese-speaking community and realize its goal of joining the International Olympic Committee. The zealousness thus was confirmed as a strategy with the aim of promoting both post-handover Macau’s integration with China and its engagement with the world.

DOI

10.1080/09523367.2016.1264390

Print ISSN

09523367

E-ISSN

17439035

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Recommended Citation

Chu, M. P. (2016). From integration with China to engagement with the world: International mega-sports events in post-handover Macau. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 33(11), 1254-1267. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2016.1264390