Governance Reform of International Sport Federations and its Implications for National Sport Associations: A case study of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Chinese Taipei Athletics Association (CTAA)

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Governance in sport organizations has become a much-researched topic in recent time. However, we have identified a lack of studies on the organizational structures of national federations, in particular against the background of local/national histories. We aim to fill this research gap by centralizing the governance structures of the Chinese Taipei Athletics Association (CTAA) in light of recent governance structure reforms in international athletics. Our approach is twofold. First, we use previously unexamined sources from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Archives in Monaco to explore the CTAA´s reintegration into the IAAF in the late 1970s. This historical context provides essential background for the specific sport political circumstances in which the CTAA is situated. Second, we focus on seven key areas of the IAAF´s recent reform and explore how they are applicable to the CTAA. These areas are: 1) Presidential Power, 2) Area Representative Voice, 3) Greater Voice for Athletes, 4) Gender Balance, 5) Independent Anti-Doping Regulations, 6) Integrity and External Control Mechanisms, and 7) Readjustment of Finance Management/Control. Our findings indicate that there are discrepancies between the CTAA`s organizational structures and internationally recognized governance concepts. However, we argue that there is a need for an individual governance concept as the CTAA cannot completely follow the IAAF´s blueprint. In order to do so, the CTAA must be open for reform and thereby take its significant historical background into consideration.
TidsskriftAsian Sport Management Review
Sider (fra-til)4-15
Antal sider12
StatusUdgivet - 2019

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