From a sports mega-event to a regional mega-project: the Sochi winter Olympics and the return of geography in state development priorities

  title={From a sports mega-event to a regional mega-project: the Sochi winter Olympics and the return of geography in state development priorities},
  author={Oleg Golubchikov},
  journal={International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics},
  pages={237 - 255}
  • O. Golubchikov
  • Published 2017
  • Geography, Sociology
  • International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
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