Mega sporting events—particularly the Olympic Games and FIFA Men’s World Cup—are notorious for systemic corruption and human rights abuses. Residents are forcibly removed to make way for dubious infrastructure; products are sourced from suspect supply chains; officials are bribed to circumvent procurement protocols, and embezzlement estimates are high. Lesser known is this: host countries are now adopting measures to curb these abuses, leaving a legacy of improved host-country anti-corruption and human rights governance.
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