How can nations improve their chances of winning medals in international sport? This book deals with the strategic policy planning process that underpins the development of successful national elite sport development systems. Drawing on various international competitiveness studies, it examines how nations develop and implement policies that are based on the critical success factors that may lead to competitive advantage in world sport. An international group of researchers joined forces to develop theories, methods and a model on the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS). The book presents the results of the large-scale international SPLISS-project. In this project the research team identified, compared and contrasted elite sport policies and strategies in place for the Olympic Games and other events in 15 distinct nations. With input from 58 researchers and 33 policy makers worldwide and the views of over 3,000 elite athletes, 1,300 high performance coaches and 240 performance directors, this work is the largest benchmarking study of national elite sport policies ever conducted. The nations taking part in SPLISS are: - Americas: Brazil and Canada - Asia: Japan and South Korea - Europe: Belgium (Flanders & Wallonia), Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland - Oceania: Australia
The objective of this book is twofold. Firstly, to construct a small macroeconometric simulation and forecasting model for the Greek economy, which then is used as an instrument to assess the economic effects of staging a mega sporting event. Secondly, to identify whether a stock exchange reaction to a mega sporting event announcement exists. In this work these issues are examined within the context of the Summer Olympic Games. The book offers a fair picture of economic modelling, a step-by-step explanation of the procedure and work involved in developing and using the models. The book could be of interest to economists as well as to the researchers in Olympic Games modelling, while the outcomes may also improve the information available to policy makers and potential future hosts of mega sporting events.
From the William Hill Award-Winning Author of A Lot of Hard Yakka comes Cricket´s Greatest Rivalry: A History of the Ashes in 12 Matches by Simon Hughes. A fast-paced, distinctive history of the iconic, 137-year-old cricketing rivalry between England and Australia published in the year of back-to-back Ashes contests. No other sport has a fixture like the Ashes. From the early 1880s the rivalry between these two great sporting nations has captured the public imagination and made sporting legends of its stars. Commentator, analyst and award-winning cricket historian Simon Hughes tells the story of the 12 seminal series that have become the stuff of sporting folklore. Cricket´s Greatest Rivalry places you right at the heart of the action of each pivotal match, explaining the social context of the time, the atmosphere of the crowd and the background and temperaments of the players that battled in both baggy green and blue caps. The book also includes complete statistics and records of all the Ashes fixtures and results and much more!