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Democratising global sport

[Cover of Democratising global sport]

Sunder Katwala

16 September 2000

Global sport has never been bigger. But a host of sporting scandals - from Olympic bidding scandals to cricket corruption, 'bungs' in football to drugs in the tour de France - have shaken major sports to their foundations. Sport is now a major global industry, but can it handle the pressures of the age of accountability?

Sunder Katwala rejects the argument that big money is to blame for all of sport's ills and the idea that we must choose between sport's values and its commercial viability. Instead, Democratising Global Sport sets out a constructive new agenda for modernising sporting governance, and shows what this would mean in practice - in institutional reform, and on the issues from doping to match-fixing, TV rights to tournament hosting which have done most to damage sport's credibility.

"A timely contribution to the debate on the future of sport" Sir Paul Condon
"Excellent, timely and stimulating" George Walker, Council of Europe
"Does much to rectify the severe shortage of informed and challenging debate on contemporary issues of sport policy" Professor Barrie Houlihan, Loughborough