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Available Expert - Queen's experts comment on the Olympic Games

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Three Queen's University experts are available to comment on topics relating to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This is the second in a multi-part series. 

Ajay Agarwal (Geography and Planning)

Queen’s University urban planning expert Ajay Agarwal is available to comment on the infrastructure issues facing organizers of the Olympic Games and what impact these issues could have on athletes and spectators alike. He can also comment on the challenges of moving millions of residents, athletes, officials and tourists around a city for the Olympic Games. Note: Dr. Agarwal is only available for print/radio interviews by phone.

“Rio certainly is not the first Olympic city to face infrastructure challenges, and is likely not going to be the last.  But, somehow it almost always works out in the end," says Dr. Agarwal.

Monica LaBarge (Business)

Queen's University marketing professor Monica LaBarge is available to comment on topics relating to corporate sponsorships during the Olympic games. Outside of academia, she has a professional background in sport sponsorship and has authored a book chapter comparing the sponsorship of Mastercard of the World Cup with Visa's sponsorship of the Olympics. Note: Dr. LaBarge is available during the afternoon for phone interviews for print/radio.

"An interesting issue with respect to these Olympics in particular is the role that sponsorships and other deals plays in the apparent refusal of the IOC in being willing to consider postponing or cancelling the games, in response to calls from many to do so" says Dr. LaBarge. "Those calls are not unusual, as there are typically objections to every Olympics, but the Zika virus in particular has added heft from public health officials worried about the spread of the disease by visitors to Brazil who return to their own countries."

Jean Côté (Kinesiology and Health Studies)

Queen's University kinesiologist Jean Côté is available to comment on athlete development from youth through to an athlete's competitive prime. Dr. Côté’s research interest focuses on the developmental variables that affect early participation and the achievement of elite performance in sport.  More specifically, he is interested in the complex interactions of play and practice, and the family and coaches influences in the development of interest and skills throughout the development of an athletic career.  

“Olympic athletes are the culmination of several years of sport participation, training, and sacrifices,” says Dr. Côté.

Previously, Drs. Tandy Thomas (Business) and David Murakami Wood (Surveillance Studies) were pitched on marketing around the Olympic Games and efforts to ensure the security of athletes and spectators, respectively. You can review their areas of expertise here.

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