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United States still dominates international sports politics

North America and Europe continue to dominate the international sports federations according to a study conducted by the NOC and Sports Federation of Denmark. Canada biggest winner since 2013.

The United States is still the dominant power in international sports politics. And it continues to improve its global influence according to the "Formal Sports Political Power Index 2013-2015" conducted by the NOC and Sports Federation of Denmark (DIF).

According to one of the people behind the study, this is part of a larger tendency in the international sports organizations.

“There is a sign that values such as transparency and a strong democratic body are in high demand in international sports federations these days. Especially following the corruption and doping scandals we underwent in 2015. The six most influential countries are from either Europe or North America,” says Director of Public Affairs at DIF, Poul Broberg. 

Denmark moved up eight spots on the list compared to the initial study in 2013. Poul Broberg highlights good networking skills and continued education as key to a successful international campaign.

France is placed second on the list passing both Italy and United Kingdom. The two major movers in the top 10 are Germany and Canada advancing four and five spots respectively to place five and six. Canada increased their number of positions from 30 in 2013 to 41 in 2015.

The rise of Asia
A new tendency is the rise of several Asian countries. Both China and Japan improved to place 9 and 12 respectively.

"The increasing power in Asia is going to change the international political landscape. We have to pursue broader alliances across Europe, North America and Asia in order to effectively meet international challenges such as matchfixing, doping and corruption," says Poul Broberg.

The index shows no signs of non-democratic powers gaining influence. Despite the recent upswing in international sports events, Qatar has not seen any significant increase in formal power during the last two years.

The data behind the index consists of a total of 1673 positions across 120 international federations. Each position is weighed between 1 and 10 based on the level of sports political power. As an example, the president of the IOC scores 10, whereas a board member in a non-Olympic European federation receives the minimum score of 1.

Top 10:
1: The United States (309)
2: France (211)
3: United Kingdom (200)
4: Italy (196)
5: Germany (185)
6: Canada (184)
7: Russia (183)
8: Spain (175)
9: China (166)
10: Australia (150)

For the full index and data, go to:


For further information, contact:

Director of Public Affairs Poul Broberg: +45 5126 5552

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