Policies for naturalisation of foreign-born athletes : Qatar and Turkey in comparison / Danyel Reiche, Cem Tinaz

Reiche, Danyel | Tinaz, Cem

This article investigates why, how, and under which conditions countries naturalise foreign-born athletes. This research sheds light on the Middle east, a region that has recently been at the forefront when it comes to nationality transfers of migrant athletes, by discussing naturalisation policy in Qatar and Turkey. The motives of naturalised athletes and national federations, the role of governments in transferring nationality to migrant athletes, as well as the rules and regulations of international federations and the International Olympic Committee concerning nationality transfers are discussed.

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