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Income inequality has increased worldwide since the 1980’s (Wade 2011).
Income inequality can have a number of negative social impacts:
• Increased crime rates
• Reduced overall health
• Social unrest
Therefore, to reduce income inequality should be a policy concern.
Such concern must be integral to the planning and implementation of the preparations for mega sports events.
Legacy of Mega Sports Events , a contested concept
“ The underlying idea of a legacy creation is that it represents something of substance that will enhance the long-term well-being or lifestyle of destination residents in a very substantial manner—preferably in a way that reflects the values of the local population” (Ritchie 2000 p. 156).
Governments, media and lobby groups often refer to a positive legacy to get public approval and provide justification for redistributing funds.
Difficult to measure; effect on local public as well as visitors.