Research Forum on Health Challenges of Major Sporting Events

The WISH Stepping Up To The Plate: Planning For A Lasting Health legacy From Major Sporting Events report explores the key challenges of organising major sporting events, such as the risks of environmental hazards and communicable disease outbreaks, while providing a framework for policymakers and healthcare systems to effectively plan for and address these issues to create a lasting public health legacy.

Live session details

18 Nov
6:00 pm
7:15 pm
Health Challenges of Major Sporting Events

Forum Panel – 75mn

Major sporting events can provide a multitude of benefits to host countries, from valuable infrastructure investment to heightened tourism income, through to a sense of national pride. While direct public health does benefit from these events through improved healthcare infrastructure, housing and improved transportation, mass gatherings of this scale also present an array of healthcare challenges.

The Health Challenges of Major Sporting Events forum panel will discuss how legacy planning is often not prioritized when dealing with the many stressful demands of delivering a successful event and can result in a missed opportunity in realizing future health and public health benefits.

View the WISH 2020 agenda

Forum chair

Abby Hoffman

Senior Executive

Ministry of Health, Canada


Dr. Qanta Ahmed; Prof Paul Arbon; Ms. Tina Endericks; Dr. Brian McCloskey; Dr. Sheila Turris; Prof Alimuddin Zumla; Prof Maurizio Barbeschi; Prof Lucille Blumberg; Dr. Juan-Manuel Alonso; Dr. Adam Lund; Prof Penny Ballem.

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