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The Challenges of Hosting Major Events Owned by International Federations: A Case Study of the 2014 Chess Olympics

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This article focuses on the challenges of hosting events owned by international federations. The empirical data is from the Chess Olympiad, which was hosted in Tromsø, Norway, in 2014. The organizers met several unforeseen problems, some of which were due to lack of experience and strategic misjudgments. Some of the problems were also the result of conflicting interests with the owner of the event, the International Chess Federation (FIDE). The article gives insight into the strategies international federations can use to strengthen their power in such situations. FIDE tried on several occasions to induce bidding wars, and the effort was successful when the auctions had the character of a secret auction. The local organizers came out of the auctions the best when they could communicate with their rival, in this case the city of Albena, Bulgaria. The article paints the picture of an international federation that was willing to go quite far to exploit the power at hand, including the use of instruments of an unethical character.
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Keywords: AUCTIONS; CONFLICTING INTERESTS; COST OVERRUNS; INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS; MAJOR EVENTS; MORAL ATTITUDES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 27 August 2018

This article was made available online on 21 May 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "THE CHALLENGES OF HOSTING MAJOR EVENTS OWNED BY INTERNATIONAL FEDERATIONS: A CASE STUDY OF THE 2014 CHESS OLYMPICS".

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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