Provincial governments and China’s international mega-sports events : a case study of Guangdong

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This article intends to understand factors that determine provincial governments’ attitudes in supporting China’s international mega sports events. Through examining the tasks completed by the Guangdong provincial government for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and the 2011 Shenzhen Summer World University Games, the findings confirmed that the political consideration of central leaders, the personal judgements of provincial authorities as well as the factional connection of municipal chiefs were all significant. The article concludes that to scrutinize all the powerful figures of the central, provincial and municipal governments is essential for future academic works with the aim of comprehending the attitude of the Chinese provincial governments towards any sport-related issues.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1622-1634
Number of pages13
JournalSport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2016


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