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'Adopt an athlete for Rio 2016' : the impact of austerity on the Greek elite sport system / Dimitra Papdimitriou, Konstantinos Alexandris

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Alexandris, Konstantinos | Papadimitriou, Dimitra

Drawing on the analysis of the experience of elite athletes in Greece during their 4-year preparation for competing in the 2016 Olympic Games, this study reports on the effects of the austerity measures on the country's elite sport system and policies. The data set for this study consisted of 16 semi-structured interviews of which 13 were conducted with Greek elite athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games and 3 were conducted with staff members of the Greek Olympic Committee supporting the Olympic delegation. The interview questions were based on the four pillars composing the throughput stage of the sports policy factors leading to international sporting success conceptual framework for analysing sports policy leading to international sporting success.

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