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Sporting life: mega-events

It’s hard to stage a sporting mega-event, even if you’re a rich country. Developing countries like India are struggling to do any better

One way to measure the shifting patterns of global power and influence is through the hosting of sporting mega-events. Asia hosted its first Olympics in 1964 (Tokyo) and its first World Cup in 2002 (shared by Japan and South Korea); west of Beijing, the continent has hosted neither event. Africa has now had a World Cup, but is some way off staging an Olympics. But the world’s rising powers will soon host a series of sporting spectaculars. Following the Beijing Olympics and the South African World Cup, Brazil will stage the 2014 World Cup and then the 2016 Rio Olympics.…

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