Overestimated effect of hosting sport events
Experts are casting doubt on claims that hosing major international sporting events have a significant economic benefit for the country.
Denmark annually spends 25 million kroner specifically on efforts to attract events such as the recent European volleyball championship or next year’s half-marathon world championships.
Lawmakers and sports officials argue that the money is an investment, but two sports economists say organisers do not often take into account the full cost of holding the event when calculating its impact.
Lars Lundov, the head of Sport Event Denmark, which co-ordinates efforts to land sporting events, admitted the organisation did not include intangible elements in its calculations, regardless of whether they could be assumed to have a positive or negative effect.
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