Procuring Infrastructure for International Sporting Events: Mapping the Field for IPACS and Beyond

(2019) 28 Public Procurement Law Review pp.257-318

67 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2021

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Sue Arrowsmith

University of Nottingham

Ruth Bayley

Bayley & Associates

Anna Gorczynska

University of Lodz

Joshua Idoko

Aelex Partners

Steve Kay

Independent

Jorge Faria Lopes

Portuguese Catholic University - Porto

Carlos Sebastian Barreto Cifuentes

Independent

Geo Quinot

Stellenbosch University - Law

Ke Ren

Independent

Ashraf-Ul-Bari Nobel

Independent

Astghik Solomanyan

Independent

Izabella Sobieraj

Independent; University of Lodz, Faculty of Law and Administration

Gábor Soós

National University of Public Service

Alex Thurston

Loughborough University

Date Written: July 31, 2019

Abstract

This paper presents the results of a study of infrastructure procurement for international sporting events, mapping both the institutional frameworks and the procedures and governance mechanisms. The aim was to provide information relevant to studying the implementation of procurement objectives and the risks to attaining those objectives and to lay the foundations for further work. The study originated in work by the authors in collaboration with the OECD to assist the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) in managing integrity risks, but also provides a map that can facilitate future study of other issues, such as sustainability.
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 for the event (such as transport facilities) for 14 international events. Study data from the first ten projects was used as the basis for the IPACS Task Force 1 Report, Mapping of procurement standards and risk management activities in the construction of infrastructure for sporting events (2019). That report analysed the aggregate data to identify and analyse integrity risks and make concrete proposals for mitigating them. This paper supplements the IPACS report by giving more information on the methodology; providing data from four additional projects, which offer further evidence and insights; and presenting the key information through a project-based, as well as aggregate, approach, to place it in context.

Keywords: procurement, infrastructure, sport, corruption

JEL Classification: K23, K29, M48, M19

Suggested Citation

Arrowsmith, Sue and Bayley, Ruth and Gorczynska, Anna and Idoko, Joshua and Kay, Steve and Faria Lopes, Jorge and Cifuentes, Carlos Sebastian Barreto and Quinot, Geo and Ren, Ke and Nobel, Ashraf-Ul-Bari and Solomanyan, Astghik and Sobieraj, Izabella and Sobieraj, Izabella and Soós, Gábor and Thurston, Alex, Procuring Infrastructure for International Sporting Events: Mapping the Field for IPACS and Beyond (July 31, 2019). (2019) 28 Public Procurement Law Review pp.257-318, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3912776 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3912776

Sue Arrowsmith (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham ( email )

Law and Social Science Building
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 1BB
United Kingdom

Ruth Bayley

Bayley & Associates

Canada

Anna Gorczynska

University of Lodz

Ulica Prezydenta Gabriela
Narutowicza 65 str.
Lodz, 90-131
Poland

Joshua Idoko

Aelex Partners ( email )

Nigeria

Steve Kay

Independent

Jorge Faria Lopes

Portuguese Catholic University - Porto ( email )

Portugal

Geo Quinot

Stellenbosch University - Law ( email )

South Africa

Ke Ren

Independent

Ashraf-Ul-Bari Nobel

Independent

Astghik Solomanyan

Independent

Izabella Sobieraj

University of Lodz, Faculty of Law and Administration

Narutowicza 65 str.
Lodz
Poland

Independent

Gábor Soós

National University of Public Service

Menesi u. 5
H-1441 Budapest, P.O. Box 60
Budapest, Budapest 1115
Hungary

Alex Thurston

Loughborough University

Ashby Road
Nottingham NG1 4BU
Great Britain

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