Call for Papers| 8th International Sport Business Symposium – Rio de Janeiro during the XXXI. Olympic Games | Olympics and Agenda 2020

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, hosted at Rio de Janeiro State University


The 8th International Sport Business Symposium will be organised by Prof. Holger Preuss (Mainz) in cooperation with Prof. Lamartine DaCosta (Rio de Janeiro). The occasion will be exciting as we will be in Rio de Janeiro during the Games.

The Olympic Games is the most prestigious sport event in the world which provides extraordinary sporting, social, cultural and environmental opportunities for  the host city, region and country. This host city must make a colossal effort to not only fulfill all requirements to stage the Games, but also maximize the economic, social, environmental, political, and structural benefits that an Olympic Games can offer. This is what Agenda 2020 demands.

Hosting an Olympic Games can start businesses, create new enterprises and improve upon existing city relations, promote the international image of host cities, accelerate urban redevelopment, and much more. It can enable changes, which might normally take several decades. This opportunity, however, is directly shadowed by risks and challenges during the preparation, operation, and legacy phases of the Games. Mismanagement, crowding-out, sunk costs and displacements of parts of  the community are also possible effects from Olympic Games that need to be considered.

Since 2006 Olympic scholars meet for a symposium during the Olympic  Games and Youth Olympic Games. Once again we eagerly invite you to present your latest Olympic related sport (business) research for one day on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Symposia often were held for specific occasions, the first famous one in 416 BC. The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic social institution. It was a forum to debate, plot, boast, or simply to revel with others and that is also our intention. Olympic  scholars from all over the world will gather to exchange thoughts, present their Olympic work and to spend a good time together. However, those that would like to present at the symposium will have to submit their abstracts and will be picked through a double blind review process.

This “call for abstracts” is directed to researchers of all disciplines. The 8th International Sport Business Symposium calls for research papers directly related to the business of the Olympic Games; the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympic Games, as well as prior and future Olympic, Youth, and Paralympic Games. Papers about Olympic media, legacy, tourism, consumers, organizations, finance, economics, environment, Paralympics, politics and other Olympic-related topics are welcome. Everything related to AGENDA 2020 is a key topic. The official language for abstracts and the Symposium is English.

An abstract (max. 600 words) and a one page Curriculum Vitae should be submitted via e-mail by January 22, 2016 to Dr. Holger Preuss, E-mail:

There will be a double blind review process of the abstracts. Acceptance will be announced by February 15, 2016. Abstracts or any full papers sent via electronic mail by June 1st, 2016 will appear in the official Symposium Proceedings.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and seeing you in Rio de Janeiro. With kind regards,

  • Dr. Holger Preuss, Professor, University of Mainz
  • Dr. Lamartine DaCosta, Professor, Rio de Janeiro State University

NOTE: Please be reminded that many visitors are expected in Rio for the  Olympic Games. The Symposium Organizing Committee cannot offer any service to find accommodation, hotel bookings, flights or other logistics. The 8th  International Sport Business Symposium is acknowledged by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre-

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