Major sporting events bring millions of people together from across the globe, providing many benefits to host countries, including valuable infrastructure investment, increased tourism income and a heightened sense of national pride. However, such events also present a multitude of challenges and risks.
This report demonstrates how effective planning for these challenges can be leveraged to achieve three primary health goals:
• Protect health during the event: Protect the health of visitors, spectators, participants and the local population during the event.
• Establish a health and public health legacy: Plan for the sporting event to deliver assets, change health behaviors, encourage infrastructure investment and develop capacity.
• Share learning: Codify and disseminate lessons learned to future hosts.