Dr. Leonardo Jose Mataruna dos Santos


Dr Leonardo Mataruna’s key research interests in the legacies of Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sport Media, Sport for Peace, Innovation and new technologies for sport. He is licensee 1st Lieutenant of the Brazilian Navy and is part of Brazilian Judo Confederation. He attended as part of the Judo team the Olympics of Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012; the Paralympic Games of Athens 2004 as coach and, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 as journalist (commentator); and the Winter Olympics of Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014, as observer. Dr Mataruna is part of Coventry University’s CPRS and Visitor Research Fellow at Advantage Program of Contemporary Culture (PACC) of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. 




  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. J. (Org). A century of military sport history in Brazil - from the sport leagues to the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Navigator Journal, Special Edition - Dossier of Sport. v.12, n.23, p. 1-160. Available at: http://www.revistanavigator.com.br/imagens/Navigator23.pdf. Accessed: 1st July 2016. 
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.J. Dossier Presentation. In: Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. J. (Org). Navigator Journal, Special Edition. v.12, n.23, p. 9-13. Available at: http://www.revistanavigator.com.br/imagens/Navigator23.pdf. Accessed: 1st July 2016. 
  • Costa, M. Perelli, J.M. and Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.J. Gymnastics history in Brazil: from conception and military influence to the present day. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. J. (Org). Navigator Journal, Special Edition. v.12, n.23, p. 63-75. Available at: http://www.revistanavigator.com.br/imagens/Navigator23.pdf​. Accessed: 1st July 2016. 
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. (2016)  Rio reaches crisis point just weeks before the Olympic Games begin, The Conversation, 4th July 2016. Available at: [https://theconversation.com/rio-reaches-crisis-point-just-weeks-before-the-olympic-games-begin-61819]. Accessed: 20.06.2016.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. (2016) Will Brazil be able to overcome domestic turmoil ahead of the Olympic Games?, The Conversation, 18th May 2016. Available at: [https://theconversation.com/will-brazil-be-able-to-overcome-domestic-turmoil-ahead-of-the-olympic-games-59326]. Accessed: 20.06.2016.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  and Guimaraes-Mataruna, A.F. (2016). Will Paralympic Athletes become also Olympic Athletes at the Rio 2016 Games?. Disability Conference, Technopark, Coventry University. Available at: http://www.coventry.ac.uk/globalassets/media/global/08-new-research-section/cbis/disability-sport-conference-june-2016-programme.pdf. p. 21.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  (2016). Business in the Rio de Janeiro Favelas after the intervention of the Pacifying Police Unit: an ethnography of conflict transformation related to sports mega events. Annual Internal Research Conference of Coventry University. Faculty of business and law. 29th June 2016. 
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. , Guerra, D. and Melo, T. (2016) Social Legacies, culture and identities - ethnographic perceptions from the London Olympic boroughs. FIEP Bulletin. n.2. July, 2016. 
  • Guimaraes-Mataruna, A.F.,  Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  and Range, D (2016). Pacification process in the Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas: a military intervention toward conflict transformation in the Tsunami of Mega-events. Journal of Sport and Development. Under review. 
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  (2016). Pierre de Coubertin Rio 2016 Conference. Proceedings – Abstract Book. Organiser. Rio de Janeiro: CBPC, 2016.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  (2016). Olympic Education in the Rio 2016 eSport Arenas. p.36-37. In: Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  (2016). Pierre de Coubertin Rio 2016 Conference. Proceedings – Abstract Book. Rio de Janeiro: CBPC, 2016.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  and Melo, T. (2016) 2014 FIFA World Cup and Rio 2016: Government Strategies to Make Tourism a Lasting Legacy in Brazil, Politics, Money and Sport: Spaces, Places and Mega-Events, Oxford- United Kingdom.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. Melo, T. and Guimares-Mataruna, A. (2016) People with Disabilities and the Paralympic Legacy in Rio de Janeiro: Is the City and Non-disabled People Ready for It?, 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Vienna – Austria.
  • Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  Melo, T. and Guimaraes-Mataruna, A. (2016) Sports legacy for the city and people with disabilities: the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, XVI Congresso de Ciências do Desporto e Educação Física dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, Porto-Portugal.
  • Saraiva, A.R.; Borba-Pinheiro, C.J ; Reis, V. ; Silva, J.B.. ; Drigo, A.J.; Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. ; Novaes, J.S. (2016) Strength exercises organization on the performance of judo players. Revista Internacional de Medicina y Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte, ISSN: 1577-0354. N.63, 2016.
  • Brittain, I., Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L., 2016 (In Press), Social Legacies of Olympic and Paralympic Games in the East End of London: Lessons for Rio de Janeiro, 2016 in Cohen, P. & Watt, P., London 2012 and the Post-Olympics City: A Hollow Legacy?
  • Melo, T. and Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L.  (2016) Sport mega-events in Brazil: Foreigners’ perceptions about tourism and events management, 21st Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, Viena- Austria.
  • Nobrega, L.F.M. Cirilo-Dos-Santos-Neto, S. and Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. (2016) Managing the Legacy of the Military World Games Rio 2011: Benchmarking of Mega Events, 8th International Sport Business Symposium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Cirilo-dos-Santos-Neto, S. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. Petersen-Wagner, R. Nobrega, L.F.M. and DaCosta, L.P. (2016) Olympic City and Mega-events tradition, Brazilian Journal of Business of Sports, vol 1, 21-39.
  • Guimaraes-Mataruna, A. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. Melo, T. Cirilo dos Santos-Neto, S. and Perelli-dos-Santos, J.M. (2016) Apps of mega-events: an investigation of educational legacies and promotion of health, Foz do Iguaçu-Brazil.
  • Guimaraes-Mataruna, A. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. Haiachi, M. Cirilo dos Santos-Neto, S. and Mello, F. (2016) The UPP (Police Pacification Unit) Programme and the mega events in Brazil: Pacification or Peacebuilding? , 13th International Symposium For Olympic Research, Espirito Santo- Brazil.
  • Guimares-Mataruna, A. Petersen-Wagner, R. and Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. (2016) Rio 2016 Olympic Legacies in the Brazilian Print Media, International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, Bath- UK.
  • Guimaraes-Mataruna, A. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. and Melo, T. (2016) Olympic Games legacies: the role of press media in Brazil, International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport, São Paulo- Brazil.
  • Cirilo, S., Mataruna, L.J., Petersen-Wagner, R., de Nóbrega L.F.M, and DaCosta, L.P. (2016) ‘A Cidade Olímpica e a Tradição Em Eventos Esportivos’ [The Olympic City and His Tradition in Sporting Events]. Revista de Gestão e Negócios do Esporte 1, 1-12. Available from http://revistagestaodoesporte.com.br/mod/resource/view.php?id=49
  • Mataruna, L.; Petersen-Wagner, R.; Cancella, K. 2014. Body Consume Realities of contemporary Carioca society:  aesthetics, sports and ethics issues in the Mega-Event City of Rio de Janeiro. Nancy: EAPS 6th International Conference. 
  • Mataruna, L., 2013. What are you doing in the Internet? Analysis of the new-medias communications for sportsmen. Advanced Program of Contemporary Culture. Rio de Janeiro: PACC/UFRJ, 2013. 
  • Cancella, K.B. Mataruna, L, 2012. Military Sports Management in Brazil. Podium Sport, Leisure and Tourism Review, v. 1, p. 125-150. 
  • Mataruna, L. 2011. Military Sport History: the Brazilian Navy issues. PROLIM. Rio de Janeiro: CEFAN/MB. 
  • Mataruna, L. 2010. Sports Megaevents in Brazil: thinking about public policies to social inclusion. In: Ministry of Sport – National Secretary to Sport, Leisure and Development. Prize Books. Brasília: Ed. Ideal, 2010, v. 1, p. 511-524. 
  • Mataruna, L, Cancella, K.B. 2009. Olympic Education for Inclusion. In: Reppold Filho, A.R., Pinto, L.M.M.; Rodrigues, R.P., Engelman, S. (Org.). Olympism and Olympic Education in Brazil. Porto Alegre: Ed. UFRGS, 2009, v. 1, p. 139-146. 
  • Mataruna, L. 2008. Foreing perceptions of Pan-Am and Para-Pan-Am Games.. In: Rodrigues, R.P., Pinto, L.M.M.; Terra, R.; DaCosta, L.P.. (Org.). Legacies of Sport Mega Events. Brasília: Ministério do Esporte, 2008, v. 1, p. 337-342. 
  • Mataruna, L. Physical Activity for Blind People. (Ativittà Fisica a Disablità Visiva - Judo.). Publish in Ravenna – Italy. Comune di Cervia: Servizio Sanitario Regionale Emilia Romagna, 2006. v. 1. 
  • Mataruna, L. et al. Differences among Olympic and Paralympic Games Structure: the case of mega events. Brazilian Journal of Sports Management. v.22, 2012. 
  • Gomes, M. P., Mataruna,, L., Almeida, J. J. G. Comparing Olympics and Paralympics Judo Players in Athens 2004. Journal of Visual Empaired and Blind, 2005, special edition. 
  • Mataruna,, L., et al. 2005. Social Inclusion – Sport for the visually impaired In: DaCosta, L (Org.). Atlas do Esporte no Brasil. 1 ed. Brazil: Shape, v.1, p. 638-644. 
  • Mataruna,, L., et al. 2005. Social Inclusion – Sport for deaf. In: DaCosta, L Atlas do Esporte no Brasil. 1 ed. Rio de Janeiro: Shape, v.1, p. 634-637. 
  • Stefane, C.A., Silva, E.M., Mataruna,, L., et al. 2005. Adapted Sport Paralympics and Special Olympics In: DaCosta, L Atlas do Esporte no Brasil. 1 ed. Rio de Janiero: Shape, 2005, v.1, p. 645-649.
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