Edited by Jack Anderson, Richard Parrish and Borja García
Chapter 8: The autonomy of sport and the EU
This chapter outlines the history of the concept of autonomy of sport (organisations) from Pierre de Coubertin, at the beginnings of the 20th century, to the most recent developments at the EU level after the Meca-Medina ruling in 2006 and at world level with the UN recognition of sport autonomy following a speech of IOC President Thomas Bach at the UN General Assembly in 2013 proposing a ‘responsible autonomy’ for sports organisations in exchange of proper governance. The chapter also proposes a working definition of sport organisation’s autonomy and questions the viability of this ideal today in a context of recurring governance scandals in major international sports organisations. As a conclusion a new legal framework for such organisations is proposed.
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