Corruption in the Bidding, Construction and Organisation of Mega-Events: An Analysis of the Olympics and World Cup

  • Victor A. MathesonEmail author
  • Daniel Schwab
  • Patrick Koval


Corruption in the processes required to host a sports mega-event has been common throughout history. This has often led to unnecessary costs that have ultimately been borne by the host government’s taxpayers. Little progress has been made in the prevention of such behaviour. 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 behaviour. We propose potential solutions to be implemented at various levels in order to prevent further corruption.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor A. Matheson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Schwab
    • 1
  • Patrick Koval
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Economics and AccountingCollege of the Holy CrossWorcesterUSA

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