The Olympic and Sports Movement after the Games of London 2012
Wednesday 13 June
Lecture Theatre 5W 2.3
The fast growing influence and interest in sport from society, largely driven by the media, and the related issues show no sign of slowing down, not only in the UK (particularly following the award of the 2012 Games to London) but on a global scale. The growth in revenues to sport, continuing through the current economic crisis, has led to the creation of an expanding "sports industry" employing tens of thousands of people worldwide. However, there are a number of indicators that point toward serious challenges to the Sports and the Olympic Movement and this lecture will explore these both in a UK and global context and look at how the International Sports Federations are addressing these. We will look at the current and future challenges to sport as well as the economics of the Olympic Movement and the position of the UK in the global sports matrix.
For more lectures, see the full Summer 2012 GULP programme.
Mr Andrew Ryan
Andrew Ryan graduated from the University of Sussex, UK, in Economics and worked as the national team coach for Norway in the Olympic sport of badminton from 1986 until the completion of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. He subsequently transferred to the French Ministry of Youth and Sport as a national coach 1992-94. In 1994, he was appointed as Director of Development by the International Badminton Federation and in 1999 added the Federation's Marketing function to his portfolio. In 2003, Ryan became Chief Operating Officer of the International Badminton Federation ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. In May 2006, he moved to his current position as Executive Director of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF), the umbrella organisation for the 26 sports on the Summer Olympic Games programme for the Olympic Games of London 2012, and is a member of the IOC Programme Commission and the Coordination Commission for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. He has also served on the Evaluation Commission for the Commonwealth Games of 2018 awarded to Gold Coast, Australia, on the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010, Coordination Commission as well as the Youth Olympic Games 2014 Evaluation Commission. He lives with his wife and son near Lausanne, Switzerland.