The SPLISS Conference brings together academics/researchers, sport policy makers, sport consultants, major sport event organizers, city and destination marketers, representatives from National Olympic Committees, IOC, National and International Sport Governing Bodies and elite sport coaches.
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SPLISS (Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success) is an international network of research cooperation that coordinates, develops and shares expertise in innovative high performance sport policy research in cooperation with policy makers, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), international (sport) organisations, and researchers worldwide. In 2008 they developed their first joint project comparing 6 nations, that resulted in a joint book "a global sporting armsrace". A summary of the SPLISS 1.0 study is available for free at the website: www.SPLISS.net/publications.
Since 2009 the group has set up a new international collaborative project with partners in 15 countries, over 3000 elite athletes, over 1300 elite coaches and more than 240 Performance directors. The project is a collaboration of 43 researchers and 33 policy partners worldwide. The results of this most innovative benchmarking project will be presented during the conference along with a book on the SPLISS 2.0 project. More about SPLISS on www.SPLISS.net.
THEME 1: ELITE SPORT POLICIES AND STRATEGIES TOWARDS SUCCESS: AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON IN 15 NATIONS
Competition in elite sport has increased and the price of success has risen considerably. The notion of the 'global sporting arms race' is based on a growing awareness by nations that elite sporting success can be produced by investing strategically in elite sport. An international group of researchers has joined forces to develop theories, methods and practice on the Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS). This symposium is concerned with the strategic thinking behind a large-scale international comparative SPLISS-study, by comparing the elite sport policies and strategies in place for the London 2012 and Rio De Janeiro 2016 Games, in distinct nations including Australia, the Netherlands, Japan, France, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Northern Ireland (as part of the UK), Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Belgium (Flanders/Wallonia).
THEME 2: WHY DO COUNTRIES INVEST IN ELITE SPORT?
Why do countries want to win medals at the Olympic Games? Does elite sport success lead to: higher participation in sport because of an inspirational effect; an enhanced national 'feel-good' factor; national pride; a sports culture; and a positive boost to a nation's economy?
These questions are posed by governments and National Olympic Committees worldwide as a legacy of the investment of public funding in major sports events. Accordingly many cities have invested or are considering investments in elite sport events, elite athletes or clubs with elite sport purposes. The answer to the above questions is not straight forward. Remarkably little attention has been paid in scientific research to this topic and there are even studies that show the opposite.