Sport Sciences for Health

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 259–261 | Cite as

Sport sciences research and Olympic host countries

  • Emerson FranchiniEmail author
  • Eduardo Kokubun
Short Communication


Olympic Games are the most prestigious multi-sport competition in the World. Due to its social and political importance, many countries propose candidate cities to host this competition. One of the alleged reasons to host this competition is the legacy it can generate, which include intangible aspects. Among the intangible legacy, the development of sport sciences is normally cited, because it can contribute to sport personnel enhancement, which consequently might positively influence sports practice and sports performance [1, 2]. Additionally, some countries also invest considerable amounts of resources to figure out between the most successful ones in the medal table, and the contribution of sport sciences in achieving such success has been reported recently [2]. Rees et al. [2] described that specific initiatives were considered successful in Australia and Great Britain. Specifically, these authors [2] indicated that the Australian Institute of Sport has been...


Author contributions

EF and EK contributed to the conception and design of the study. EF contributed to the development of the search strategy analysis, the acquisition of the data. EK performed the data analysis. Both authors contributed to drafting of the article and revising it critically, and approved the final version to be submitted.


This work received no funding from any grant or organization. EF is supported by a FAPESP grant (2017/08167-2) and a CNPq grant (302242/2014-7). EK is supported by a CNPq grant (313039/2017-8).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest relating to the publication of this manuscript.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physical Education and Sport, Sport DepartmentUniversity of São PauloSao PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Australian Institute of SportBruceAustralia
  3. 3.UNESP, São Paulo State UniversityRio ClaroBrazil

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