The results showed that across the BRICS countries national sport federations directors largely come from athletic backgrounds (45.1% of total), except for China where bureaucrats prevail (61.9%).
Shaun Star, Professor, Jindal Global Law School, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana, India; University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
James McKeag, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Joshua McLead, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
Sergey Altukhov, Institute for Sports Management and Law, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.
Gang Yuan, Department of Law, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China.
David Shilbury, Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
This study examined board composition in national sport federations (NSF) in the BRICS group (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). BRICS is a significant geopolitical group with a strong history and interest in sport, yet there has been relatively limited sport governance research in this context.
Specifically, this study measured levels of board diversity (occupational and gender) and board size in the NSFs – factors that are widely considered to impact board effectiveness. Data were collected on 184 NSFs across the five countries from online sources.
The results showed that across the BRICS countries NSF directors largely come from athletic backgrounds (45.1% of total), except for China where bureaucrats prevail (61.9%). Men dominate NSF board positions, from a high of 92.1% in India to 68.4% in South Africa. Board size ranged from 20.4 in India, to 14.2 in South Africa. This study brings sport governance research to new frontiers by generating insight into board composition in contexts that are under-researched and culturally diverse.
Published in: Journal of Global Sport Management
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