The global sporting arms race

The key points of the 2008 SPLISS-study are characterised by four elements as outlined below.

  1. The specific focus on the relationship between policies and success and, accordingly, insights into the factors that shape elite sport policies and the pathways to success in different nations;
  2. The involvement of the main stakeholders in elite sport as part of our research methodology and as such their insights and opinions. 1090 athletes, 273 coaches and 71 performance directors in the sample nations were asked for their views about the elite sport system in their nation;
  3. The development of a theoretical model of sport policy factors leading to international sporting success, consisting of nine pillars, that have been operationalised in more than 100 critical success factors (CSF);
  4. The development of a methodology to measure the competitive position of nations in elite sport quantitatively by aggregating the CSF as key success drivers into a final percentage score; this was presented as a ‘traffic light’ to indicate the relative performance of each nation for each pillar measured.

More information: veerle.de.bosscher@vub.be

Download a summary of the SPLISS 2008 results here 


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