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World Cup, Olympics, sports, corruption, FIFA
Z23, L83, F14
In the processes required to host a sports mega-event, corruption has been prevalent on numerous occasions, leading to unnecessary costs becoming the ultimate responsibility of a host government’s taxpayers. Little progress has been made in the prevention of such behavior. In this chapter, we examine the history of corruption in sports mega-events, namely the Olympics and World Cup, to identify parts of the bidding and preparation processes that are vulnerable to illicit behavior. We propose potential solutions to be implemented at various levels in order to prevent further corruption.
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Matheson, Victor; Schwab, Daniel; and Koval, Patrick, "Corruption in the Bidding, Construction, and Organization of Mega-Events: An Analysis of the Olympics and World Cup" (2017). Economics Department Working Papers. Paper 185.