New sports and no spectators: Japan’s performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

RAMCHANDANI, Girish, WILSON, Darryl, MILLAR, Robbie and ASHWORTH, Becky (2022). New sports and no spectators: Japan’s performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Managing Sport and Leisure.

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    Abstract

    Rationale: This paper examines Japan’s performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and considers whether the inclusion of new sports and the Games being staged behind closed doors influenced Japan performance as the host nation. Approach: We analysed Japan’s medal output and ranking at Tokyo 2020 in the context of its historical Summer Olympic performances and compared with other recent hosts. We also analysed how Japan’s performance changed between Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 in different events (men, women and mixed) and in different sports. Findings: Japan improved its performance at its home Games across multiple measures. Evidence of improvement between Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 was seen in men’s, women’s and mixed events and across the portfolio of sports that were common to both editions. Japan’s home performance was amplified by its success in the new sports added to the programme. Practical implications: To promote fair competition, the inclusion of new sports at future Games should be evaluated on the basis of their global appeal alongside their local popularity within the host nation. Research contribution: Our findings somewhat challenge conventional wisdom that home crowd support is a key game location factor which contributes to home advantage.

    Item Type: Article
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2022.2119158
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 13:37
    Last Modified: 20 Sep 2022 09:51
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30681

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