China’s strategic approach to elite sport development: Past, present and future

Zheng, Jinming (2017) China’s strategic approach to elite sport development: Past, present and future. In: EASM 2017 - 25th Annual Conference of the European Association for Sport Management, 1st - 8th September 2017, Bern, Switzerland.

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The Olympic Games are a dynamic competitive environment for nations to compete in. This dynamic is characterised by an increase of nations competing and winning medals, as well as nations increasing their investment in high performance sport. These dynamics are described in the literature as an ongoing global sporting arms race between nations.

Nations are challenged to adopt to this competitive environment and to manage their high performance sport system accordingly. Within the national system, the National Sports Agency (NSA) is the leading decision- making organisation on the national level of sports, or high performance sport in particular. Working together with other governmental, non-profit and for-profit organisations of a national elite sport system these hybrid or non-governmental organisations are responsible for, among other things, the allocation of (financial) resources to the different sports, which are supported on the national level. The NSAs generally aim at increasing (or at least stabilising) their medal success at the Olympic Games and possibly build a competitive advantage in the longer run.

Dr. Zheng (Hong Kong Baptist University) presents the strategic approach of China notably increasing its success at both, the Olympic Summer and Winter Games. China has shown an incredible increase of Olympic success since the Olympic Glory Plan has been introduced in the 1990s. The Chinese Ministry of Sports applies a strategy summed up by the ’Five-Word principle’, i.e. Small, Fast, Women, Water and Agile.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2018 09:21
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 19:01

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