DIF published "The Sports Political Power Index 2017-2019"
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 primary author of the 2019 edition of "The Sports Political Power Index" is Mikkel Larsen, member of the ENGSO EU Advisory Committee. This is the fourth edition of the Index since its inception in 2013.
To create the index, DIF ranked the power of members of international and European Federations being on the Olympic programme and members of the Association of IOC Recognised International Sport Federations.
In total, the data consist of more than 1100 positions in 118 federations, with the President of the International Olympic Committee scoring ten points, whereas a board member in a non-Olympic European federation receiving the minimum weighting of one point.
According to the Index, the United States is still the undefeated overall champion, however, France emerge as the European champion and the first challenger to the throne. It is the first time in the history of the Index that France has overtaken Italy as the most powerful country in European sport. This is a major achievement by France, as Italy have dominated the European ranking until now. In the other end, Russia have seen the largest drop of any top ten nation falling five places to number seven.