Good Sport Governance in Selected Ethiopian Olympic Sports Federations: A mixed-methods Study

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sport Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2 Associate professor, Department of Sport Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

3 Assistant professor, Department of Sport Science, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

4 Associate professor, School of Commerce, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent of good sport governance implementation in selected Ethiopian Olympic sports federations. To this end, the convergent mixed method design was employed. Participants of the study included 265 subjects for quantitative data and 18 participants for qualitative interviews. The data were quantitatively analyzed by Descriptives (frequency and means & standard deviations) & One-way ANOVA, and qualitatively by thematic analysis using MAXQDA 20.4.0 version software. The integrated finding reveals that the surveyed Olympic sports federations scored below the moderate level (expected average) in good sport governance with a severely weak level of implementing transparency and public communication and solidarity. The findings also suggest a significant difference in good sport governance implementation among the surveyed sports federations. On this basis, this study has implications for sport managers as it, theoretically, was a significant endeavor in empirically testing the implementation of good sport governance in national sport governing bodies, and has practical implications for policy issues as it explores the actual strengths and deficits of good sport governance that calls for ‘walking the talk’ of transparency and solidarity.


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