Beijing 2008: one world, one dream

Xiaoyan Xing, Shushu Chen

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This chapter reveals the development of the sport participation legacy of the 2008 Games against the backdrop of change in China’s socio-economic and sport policy context. It starts by providing a brief review of China’s mass sport policy and management structure. The chapter then examines the participation legacy plans and outcomes of the Games. Our analysis highlights there was a sophisticated legacy strategy for mass sport development during the 2008 Games despite it not being a top priority for the staging of the Games. Nonetheless, survey data indicated a surge in frequent sport participant number in Beijing during 2001–8, though the increase was non-sustainable and remained stagnant post-Games. The attributable effects of the Games on the change were difficult to ascertain, and given the increasing importance of mass participation sport post-2008 Games, there is a need for future studies to gain a comprehensive understanding of the outcomes of sport participation legacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport Participation and Olympic Legacies
Subtitle of host publicationA Comparative Study
EditorsSpencer Harris, Mathew Dowling
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315523774
ISBN (Print)9781138696655
Publication statusPublished - 11 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameResearch in Sport Politics and Policy


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