David Owen: Protests show it’s time for Big Sport to shake off complacency

Demonstrations in Istanbul; a protest over high ticket prices by football fans in London; demonstrations in Brazil.

Decidedly, the world has changed, but the question is, ‘Have the grandees who run Big Sport taken notice?’

Yes, it is simplistic to bracket these three manifestations of frustration and rage together.

The Istanbul protesters seemed indifferent to, or even mildly positive about, their city’s prospects of hosting the 2020 Olympics – although they have thrown a spanner in that particular works.

The London march was an internal sporting affair devoid of broader political ramifications.

The demonstrators in Brazil certainly are questioning the money lavished on new stadia, although even here, the Confederations Cup seems to some extent to be a convenient focal-point, rather than a fundamental grievance.

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