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July 10, 2010 in The China Beat


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This is shaping up to be a big year for cities of the Global South (or what in the past was more often called the “Third World”) to serve as first-time hosts for mega-events, whether of the top-tier variety (defined here as those, like the Olympics, that involve or at least could involve more than a hundred countries) or of the second-tier type (those like, say, the Pan-American Games, that draw in nations belonging to just one region or having something else specific in common). Starting with a pair of second-tier but still major sporting events, October will find New Delhi hosting its first Commonwealth Games, while the month after that Guangzhou will host its first Asian Games. Moving to the top-tier and the present, not only is the World Expo being staged in Shanghai (something of which all readers of this blog are well aware by now) but the World Cup is drawing to a close in several South African cities (something that is well known to nearly everyone on the planet—even most Americans, for a change, this time around).