Long-term impact of the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games on sport participation: A cohort analysis

Kurumi Aizawa, Ji Wu, Yuhei Inoue, Mikihiro Sato

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The sport participation rate has been shown to decrease with age in many countries. In Japan, however, the elderly sport participation rate has increased over the last decade and is the highest among all Japanese. This study investigated whether the cohort effect generated by the shared experience of hosting the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games during their youth can explain the increased sport participation of elderly Japanese. Data from the Japanese National Sport-Life Survey over 20 years were analyzed through regression analysis. The results show that, after controlling for demographics and other determinants of sport participation, individuals who experienced the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games participated in sport more frequently than other generations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-97
Number of pages12
JournalSport Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2018

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  • Cohort effect
  • Determinants of sport participation
  • Olympic legacy
  • Social ecological model


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