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Institut Barcelona Esports

The INEFC journal focuses on the Olympic Games

Publicacions. The upcoming issues of the INEFC journal Apunts Educació Física i Esports will focus on the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In 1992, Barcelona organised the 25th Olympic Games. It was the most important event ever organised by Barcelona and it will most likely be many years before the city organises another event of this type. Twenty five years on, our aim is to analyse the effect the Olympic Games has had on the city and the country with a series of articles looking at the effects on an economic, sporting and social scale. During this period, Barcelona has been a model for other cities wanting to implement a similar transformation to what was done here. Even so, this impact which might not be apparent at first glance, must be based on empirical data allowing us to gauge the real result. Some of the figures available show that the growth in the number of tourists since the 90s has been particularly noticeable (419% from 1990 to 2015). In sporting terms, and with the methodological limitation represented by having sufficient data from the 80s and 90s, there has been a positive evolution in people doing sport both in Catalonia and Spain, although this may not be directly attributable to the hosting of the Olympic Games. Since the event, Barcelona is more firmly on the map than ever before and that was one of the goals. The city is currently the centre of debate again, given the need to determine its city model, its evolution in the next few years and its long-term trajectory. That includes positioning the city in the organisation of major international events.

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