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1st Edition

Sport and Development in Emerging Nations

ISBN 9780367903602
Published April 6, 2021 by Routledge
242 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

For the first time, this book examines the strategies of leaders of emerging nations to use sport as a tool for reaching social, economic, cultural, political, technological or environmental goals and gaining international prestige. It assesses whether sport can really be an effective tool in international development.

The book explores the unique challenges, issues and opportunities offered by sport for development in emerging nations. Bringing together case studies of sport and development in countries including Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Poland, Qatar, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey, the book looks at policies designed to achieve development through, by and for sport, and whether they have achieved their socio-economic objectives. It considers the way that emerging nations have used major international sports events as political and developmental projects, as well as the importance of sporting infrastructure, professional leagues, participation programmes and the influence of nationalism and ideology.

With a truly global perspective, this book is important reading for any student, researcher or policy-maker with interest in sport management, sport development, development studies, international economics, globalisation or political science.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Defining Sport and Development in the Emerging Nations

Cem Tinaz and Brendon Knott


2. Sport and Development in Brazil: Lessons from Multiple Sport Mega-Event Hosting and Sporting Programmes in Disadvantaged Communities

Bárbara Schausteck de Almeida, Billy Graeff and Nadyne Venturini Trindade


3. Sport and Development in China: Professional Football as Wealth Generator and National Dream Bearer

Huan Xiong and Yang Ma


4. Sport and Development in the Czech Republic: Sport as a Tool for Social and Cultural Transformation

Simona Šafaříková and Arnošt Svoboda


5. Sport and Development in Hungary and the Central and Eastern European Region: The Development of the Leisure Sport Industry

Zsolt Havran, Ágnes Szabó and Tünde Máté


6. Sport and Development in India: Professional Sport League Systems

Vipul Lunavat


7. Sport and Development in Indonesia: Sport Policy in the Reformation Era

Oleh Amung Ma’mun and Agus Mahendra


8. Sport and Development in Mexico: NGOs and Community-based Organisations Underpinned by Neo-liberal Logics Using Sport as Educational Tools

Vanessa García González        


9. Sport and Development in Poland: National Strategies and their Implementation

Michał Marcin Kobierecki


10. Sport and Development in Qatar: International and Regional Dynamics of Sport Mega-Events

Mahfoud Amara and Wadih Ishac


11. Sport and Development in South Africa: Sport in a Changing Society and Economy

Kamilla Swart and Roberto Martín-González


12. Sport and Development in South Korea: A Critical Analysis of Media Discourses on the Unified Korean Women's Ice Hockey Team in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games

Yeomi Choi


13. Sport and Development in Turkey: Community Sport Participation, Leisure Spaces and Social Inclusion

Selçuk Açıkgöz, Gökben Demirbaş and Reinhard Haudenhuyse


14. Conclusion: Lessons Learned from the Emerging Nations

Brendon Knott and Cem Tinaz

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Cem Tinaz is Director of the School of Sports Sciences and Technology at Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey. He is also an esteemed board member and Vice President of the Turkish Tennis Federation. Dr. Tinaz’s research interests include sport policy and development, administration, legacies and impacts of sport mega-events – all integrated with his primary area of expertise in sport management. He was awarded a 2016/2017 Advanced Olympic Research Grant by the IOC Olympic Studies Centre for the project “Examining Positive Outcomes of Unsuccessful Olympic Bids”.


Brendon Knott is Associate Professor in the Sport Management Department at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa. His primary research interests include sport marketing, sport tourism and mega-event studies. He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Leisure Research and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Destination Marketing and Management. He has a passion for sport and its impact on society, especially in emerging nations.