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  • United States has the Biggest Influence in Sports Politics


    05/17/18

    United States still has the biggest influence in sports politics. But
    Russia, Japan and countries from the former Eastern Bloc are
    catching up fast.

    Every second year The Sports Confederation of Denmark ranks countries
    according to their influence in sports politics. The latest edition of The Sports
    Political Power Index shows some major changes among the countries with the
    most influence.

    United States still holds the top spot but countries like Russia and Japan are
    catching up fast. Despite the political turmoil and the doping scandals, it has
    faced in recent years, Russia has advanced five spots to second place (tied with
    Italy) in the global ranking since the 2015-edition of the index.

    Japan, the host country of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, is also advancing
    fast. Like Russia Japan has gained five spots and now holds the number seven
    spot.

    Power shift from West to East
    In Europe the balance of power is moving from Western Europe to Central and
    Eastern Europe, as evidenced by the fact that 11 out of the 18 European countries
    that have increased their score are former Eastern Bloc countries.

    “It’s a very interesting read and it’s obvious that a shift in power is taking place.
    Countries from the former Eastern Bloc have in recent years aggressively been
    pursuing power in international sports politics. That work is now paying off. The
    power is moving from West to East,” says Poul Broberg, head of public affairs at
    The Sports Confederation of Denmark (The Danish Olympic Committee), and
    continues.

    “The Sports Political Power Index is a very useful tool is order to analyze the
    movements in the sports political landscape and to see who’s calling the shots”.
    The 2017 publication is the third edition of the Sports Political Power Index. The
    publication is based on the registration of the members of the 118 most influential
    sports federations and associations (1,673 members in total) and operates with a
    weighing scale. As an example, a position as president of the IOC weighs 10 times
    as much as a member of a non-Olympic European federation.

    At https://www.dif.dk/en/politik/powerindex it’s possible to see the full European
    and global ranking and track each countries movement since 2013.

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