Olympics are aimed at boosting sport more than improving public health, says minister

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4444
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

One of the main aims of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is to encourage more people to participate in sport in the future rather than to boost public health, a minister has told peers.

Hugh Robertson, minister for sports and the Olympics, said he hoped improving public health will be a positive consequence of the games, when he gave evidence to the House of Lords science and technology committee on 26 June.

Boosting participation in sport, particular among younger people, was a “key policy objective,” Robertson told the peers as part of the committee’s inquiry into sports and exercise science medicine, which is looking at how the legacy of the 2012 Games can be used to …

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