Dear Colleagues,
Dear Friends of Sport and Sport Science,


‘Viva sua paixao‘ – Live your passion! This is the official slogan for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Following this spirit, we would like to welcome you to Rio for the 8th International Sport Business Symposium, organised by Prof. Holger Preuss (Mainz) in cooperation with Prof. Lamartine DaCosta (Rio de Janeiro).

The Olympic Games are the most prestigious sport event in the world and provide extraordinary opportunities in regards to sports, social and cultural life as well as for the environment of the host city, region and country. The host must undertake tremendous efforts to not only fulfil the requirements for staging the Games, but also to maximize the economic, social, environmental, political, and structural benefits which come along with the event. This demand is underpinned in the IOC’s Agenda 2020. Hosting Olympic Games can induce changes which normally take several years, such as creating new enterprises and businesses, enforcing urban redevelopment, improving participation in sports and so on. On the other side, it might bear risks and challenges for the host city and country, particularly during the preparation phase and in the aftermath of the Games.

The Greek symposium, dated back on 416 B.C., was a key social institution in ancient Hellenic culture and provided a platform for debate and celebration with others. This is also what we are striving for! Since 2006 it has become a tradition that Olympic scholars from all over the world come together for a symposium during the Olympic Games as well as other Olympic events to exchange thoughts, present their Olympic research and have a great time together. The next occasion will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Scholars who would like to present at the symposium will need to submit their abstracts for a double blind review process.

We cordially invite you to the 8th International Sport Business Symposium and we would be delighted to seeing you in Rio de Janeiro in August!


With kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Holger Preuss
University of Mainz
Prof. Dr. Lamartine DaCosta
Rio de Janeiro State University