Title

The making of a modest mega-event : Hong Kong and the 2009 EastAsian games

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

International Journal of the History of Sport

Publication Date

1-1-2011

Volume

28

Issue

16

First Page

2384

Last Page

2397

Keywords

2008 Beijing Olympics, 2009 East Asian games, Hong Kong

Abstract

In December 2009, Hong Kong hosted its largest ever multi-sport event, the East Asian Games (EAG). Overshadowed initially by the excitement of the 2008 Beijing Olympics-and Hong Kong's part in hosting the equestrian events-the Hong Kong public was slow to appreciate the significance of the EAG. This essay examines the history of sports development in Hong Kong and the relatively underdeveloped sporting culture, the expectations of the Hong Kong government and sporting community, and the impact and legacies of the EAG in terms of social change, economic costs and benefits, national prestige and pride, and education and culture. It argues that, for all the collective euphoria over Hong Kong winning the football gold medal, the EAG brought only limited-and short-term-economic benefits and attitudinal changes regarding sport. However, it did demonstrate that Hong Kong could, albeit with some assistance from China, host a multi-sport event and it did encourage some within and without government to seriously consider bidding for the much larger Asian Games.

DOI

10.1080/09523367.2011.626692

Print ISSN

09523367

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Bridges, B. (2011). The making of a modest mega-event: Hong Kong and the 2009 EastAsian games. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 28(16), 2384-2397. doi: 10.1080/09523367.2011.626692

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