According to the Olympic Charter, “the aim of Olympic Solidarity is to organise
assistance to National Olympic Committees, in particular those which have the
greatest need”. For the last five decades funding from the sale of Broadcasting
Rights for the Olympic Games, allocated to the National Olympic Committees, has
been channelled through Olympic Solidarity as a means of promoting development.
The aim of this research was therefore to evaluate the extent to which this
redistributive claim is evidenced through an analysis of the distribution of the
Olympic Solidarity funding, and an insight into the life histories of people involved in
the process of allocating grant aid for Olympic Solidarity’s World Programme funding. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.