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Working paper, Procuring infrastructure for international sporting events: an outline map and three case studies

Arrowsmith, Sue


Sue Arrowsmith


This paper presents the results of a study of infrastructure procurement for international sporting events. The objective was to map both the institutional frameworks and the procedures and governance mechanisms. The study sought to map procurement for key sport-specific infrastructure (such as stadiums and swimming pools) and a sample of other infrastructure (sport-specific, sport-related – such as athlete accommodation – and/or other infrastructure procured, such as transport facilities) for 14 international sporting events. Study data from an initial ten projects (the first ten above) was used as the basis for the 2019 IPACS report on procurement standards and risk management in procuring infrastructure for sporting events. That report analyses the aggregate data to identify and analyse integrity risks and to develop concrete proposals for mitigating them. This paper, and a forthcoming longer paper, supplement the IPACS report by giving more information on the methodology; providing data from additional projects, which offer further evidence and insights; and presenting key information through a project-based, rather than aggregate, approach. They aim to illustrate in the context of individual events, and for a wider range of events, both the special circumstances and problems of infrastructure procurement for sporting events, and the risks analysed by IPACS.

This Working Paper outlines briefly the objectives and importance of the procurement process in this field, other research in the field, and the objectives of IPACS (section 2). There then follows an explanation of the aims and methodology of our mapping exercise (section 3) and a brief summary of IPACS’ findings and recommendations that were based on our mapping of the ten initial events (section 4). Section 5 then presents a brief case study analysis of three of the events by way of illustration.


Arrowsmith, S. (2019, June). Working paper, Procuring infrastructure for international sporting events: an outline map and three case studies. Paper presented at Public Procurement Global Revolution IX

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Public Procurement Global Revolution IX
Start Date Jun 17, 2019
End Date Jun 18, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 3, 2019
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Additional Information This is a Working Paper presented at the conference Public Procurement Global Revolution IX, June 17-18th 2019. It covers some of the material to be included in a longer paper for the Public Procurement Law Review in a special edition on Sport and Procurement.


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