Sport Policy in Turkey

Cem Tinaz, Douglas Turco, Paul Salisbury

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This paper reviews former and current sport policies in Turkey, focusing specifically on the historical development of sport administrative bodies in Turkey, national
government’s administrative system for implementing sport policy, and the intersection of sport policy with relevant government policies. Secondary resources and personal
communications with current and former high-ranking Turkish sports administrators formed the bases for the paper. Sport in Turkey is managed, administered and financed
mostly by the central government. The General Directorate of Sports is the governmental institution that manages, administers and finances sport under the control of the
Ministry of Youth and Sports. Sport policy in Turkey is characterized as emerging rather than established. Implications of Turkey’s recent bids to host the Olympic Games and social–political changes on sport policy are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-545
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
Issue number3
Early online date26 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Turkey
  • Sport
  • Policy
  • Government
  • Olympic Games


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