DIF published "The Sports Political Power Index 2015-2017"

Every second year, our member, the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) ranks countries according to their influence in sports politics. The latest edition of "The Sports Political Power Index" shows some major changes among the countries with the most influence. The report is co-authored by the co-chair of our EU Advisory Committee, Mikkel Larsen.

United States still holds the top spot but countries like Russia and Japan are catching up fast. The comparison of the representation of all countries in international federations between 2015 and 2017 shows that among the top 20 countries 10 are European. In Europe the balance of power is moving from Western Europe to Central and Eastern Europe, as evidenced by the fact that 11 out of the 18 European countries that have increased their score are former Eastern Bloc countries. “It’s a very interesting read and it’s obvious that a shift in power is taking place. Countries from the former Eastern Bloc have in recent years aggressively been pursuing power in international sports politics. That work is now paying off. The power is moving from West to East,” says Poul Broberg, head of public affairs at DIF. “The Sports Political Power Index is a very useful tool is order to analyze the movements in the sports political landscape and to see who’s calling the shots” - he added. The 2017 publication is the third edition of the Sports Political Power Index. The publication is based on the registration of the members of the 118 most influential sports federations and associations (1,673 members in total) and operates with a weighing scale. As an example, a position as president of the IOC weighs 10 times as much as a member of a non-Olympic European federation.

The full report is available here.