Introduction: Becoming a Global Sport Leader

  • Patrick Clastres
  • Emmanuel Bayle


Clastres & Bayle offer here a synthesis of the individual careers of the fifteen global sport leaders (GSL) portrayed in this book. They also connect their management methods to diplomatic, political and economical contexts. Clearly age is more an advantage than a barrier. Cooption and patronage also helped these GSL to come through great crises but tended to encourage a culture of conservatism and, in some cases, nepotism. If experience as an elite athlete has become a distinct advantage, a large proportion of sport’s leaders have been lawyers by training. Some have managed to combine their ascent through the ranks of sports administration with a political career. Clastres & Bayle then discuss how these bodies have been presided almost exclusively by men and Europeans.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Social and Political SciencesSport Sciences Institute (ISSUL), University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Sports Studies (ISSUL), University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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