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Jens De Rycke, Veerle De Bosscher, Hiroaki Funahashi and Popi Sotiriadou

, & van Bottenburg, 2015 ). Consequently, when elite sport policy makers are facing the challenge of justifying investment in elite sport to taxpayers, they often claim that elite sport will not only lead to more medals but also trigger a wide range of societal impacts that benefit the wider population

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Jasper Truyens, Veerle De Bosscher and Popi Sotiriadou

Research on elite sport policy tends to focus on the policy factors that can influence success. Even though policies drive the management of organizational resources, the organizational capacity of countries in specific sports to allocate resources remains unclear. This paper identifies and evaluates the organizational capacity of five sport systems in athletics (Belgium [separated into Flanders and Wallonia], Canada, Finland, and the Netherlands). Organizational capacity was evaluated using the organizational resources and first-order capabilities framework (Truyens, De Bosscher, Heyndels, & Westerbeek, 2014). Composite indicators and a configuration analysis were used to collect and analyze data from a questionnaire and documents. The participating sport systems demonstrate diverse resource configurations, especially in relation to program centralization, athlete development, and funding prioritization. The findings have implications for high performance managers’ and policy makers’ approach to strategic management and planning for organizational resources in elite sport.

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Mick Green

This article analyzes government and quasigovernmental agencies’ use of “planning dictates” in relationships with national sporting organizations (NSOs) in Canada and national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport in the United Kingdom (UK). Attention is drawn to the asymmetries of power contouring elite sport policy developments in both countries that, though unobservable in an empirical sense, nonetheless warrant investigation. The analysis draws on semistructured, in-depth interviews with key personnel in three Canadian NSOs and three UK NGBs in swimming, athletics, and sailing; senior officials at Sport Canada and UK Sport; and sport-policy analysts and academics. Although Canadian NSOs have been subject to such planning dictates for the past 20 to 30 years, the requirement for UK NGBs to comply in this way have only emerged since the mid-1990s. Accordingly, the article concludes with suggestions for further research in the UK.

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Kathy Babiak, Lucie Thibault and Annick Willem

collaboration in sport indicates a rich scope and array of settings. We categorized the settings of the sport IOR research in the following manner: Community Sport / Sport for Development (e.g., local, grassroots, nonprofit sport organizations); Elite Sport / Policy (e.g., national sport organizations

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Jan Haut, Freya Gassmann, Eike Emrich, Tim Meyer and Christian Pierdzioch

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Apparently, Russia’s international image could hardly be worse. In this sense, the country’s huge investment in funding elite sports seems to have failed completely. However, according to Grix and Kramareva ( 2015 ), the Kremlin’s elite sport policy has forefronted domestic

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Bridie Kean, David Fleischman and Peter English

.psychsport.2014.07.011 De Bosscher , V. , Shibil , S. , Westerbeek , H. , & van Bottenburg , M. ( 2015 ). Successful elite sport policies: An international comparison of the sports policy factors leading to international sporting success (SPLISS 2.0) in 15 nations . United Kingdom : Meyer & Meyer

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James E. Johnson, Chrysostomos Giannoulakis and Beau F. Scott

establishing some form of competitive balance ( Sanderson & Siegfried, 2003 ). Each of the aforementioned policies have been examined for their effectiveness to maintain competitive balance at some level of professional or elite amateur sport, but few professional or elite sport policies apply to

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Richard J. Keegan, Lisa M. Barnett, Dean A. Dudley, Richard D. Telford, David R. Lubans, Anna S. Bryant, William M. Roberts, Philip J. Morgan, Natasha K. Schranz, Juanita R. Weissensteiner, Stewart A. Vella, Jo Salmon, Jenny Ziviani, Anthony D. Okely, Nalda Wainwright and John R. Evans

aforementioned work on conceptual clarity, which was required to pursue consensus on a definition or defining statements, the group sought to develop a standards framework to support implementation in a variety of settings, including schools, community sport, elite sport, policy-making, research, adult exercise

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Gareth J. Jones, Katie Misener, Per G. Svensson, Elizabeth Taylor and Moonsup Hyun

elite sport policy (e.g.,  Misener & Doherty, 2013 ; O’Boyle & Shilbury, 2016 ), sport tourism ( Lorgnier & Su, 2014 ), professional and commercial sport ( Kolyperas, Anagnostopoulos, Chadwick, & Sparks, 2016 ), and sport events and tourism ( Bell & Gallimore, 2015 ). Consistent with trends observed in