Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes Professor takes part in a live discussion about the future of the Olympic games

Friday, 14 December 2018


In September 2017 the number of candidate cities for the 2024 summer games was reduced to two, after three cities withdrew from the final vote that took place in Lima, Peru.

Hamburg, Rome and Budapest withdrew their bids for the summer games after concerns over the impact of hosting the summer games were raised within each city.

Professor John Gold featured with selected panelists on the programme ‘Roundtable: Olympic Games: Time to extinguish the flame?’ The discussion looked at the issues that affect each city that bids and hosts the games, including the role of the IOC (International Olympic Committee). The topics covered included the cost of hosting, trickle up economics and the impact on a city’s urban landscape. The discussion also explores the potential future of the Olympic games with a dwindling number of bidding cities.

Professor John Gold commented ‘Many critics of the Olympics would like to see the International Olympic Committee brought to heel by failing to attract any cities to host the Games. However they are likely to be disappointed. In the late 1970s, it was even harder to attract host cities than it is now, yet the Games survived. Viewed from the present, I have every confidence that there are still enough cities out there wishing to act as hosts for the Olympics to continue on their current path for the foreseeable future.’

As a Professor of Urban Historical Geography, John Gold has published many books and articles on the Olympics. These include Olympic cities city agendas, planning, and the World's Games now in its third edition (2017) and the four volume collection The Making of Olympic Cities. His research specialises in the legacy of the London 2012 games.

You can watch the programme now and find out more about the Department of Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes.