As part of its research and development capacities the AISTS conducts indepth studies into the legacy of mega sporting events. These studies serve a double purpose: to analyse and follow up on mega sporting events’ contribution to cities in the long term and to provide a fact-driven hub addressing all aspects pertaining to legacies around sporting events.
One such mandate is the ‘Olympic Games Legacy Capture’ on behalf of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The research screens a multitude of written material (academic and non-academic) and records legacies. To this end, an analytical framework has been developed covering social, cultural, economic, urban, environmental, sporting aspects and is applied to each edition of the Games.
The advantage of this study is to assemble all legacies into a ‘one stop shop’ database for use by Olympic stakeholders – including candidate cities for best practices garnered from previous editions. The intelligence of the research is also used as an internal and external communication means for the IOC when reporting on specific elements of Olympic legacy such as Games’ anniversaries.