Systematic review: major multi-sport events
Do events such as the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India improve health?
The Commonwealth Games take place in India in October 2010 and the London 2012 Olympic Games are rapidly approaching. Debate continues about the potential benefits the Olympics might have on the east end of London and the wider UK population. With the increasing cost of these events in a vulnerable economical climate, nations have to prove how hosting such events will benefit their local and national populations.
The Olympics have long been thought to leave a legacy, including improvements in the economy, employment, environment, and housing and a greater awareness of sports and physical activity. Collectively, these proposed socioeconomic benefits might confer an improvement in the health of the host nation, and there have been many individual studies published on the impacts of major sporting events on host nations that focus on various socioeconomic outcomes. In the past few decades, this legacy has been scrutinised because policy makers are keen