The role of the political factor in transforming the international sports movement

Political science and area studies

In the time of globalization the international sports movement is deeply and systematically transformed. Besides positive effects (elaboration of unified system of governance, contribution to coping with global problems), the sphere of sports faces politicization and commercialization. international sports organizations acquire real political power, while sport becomes a mechanism used to achieve different political aims. The objective of this article is to assess challenges to the international sports movement caused by politicization. in order to achieve this goal we use such methods in the article as institutional analysis of the international sports movement, intentional analysis of the political process and comparative analysis of different olympic Games.