A comparative and historical analysis of elite sport programs in Australia and Pakistan, 1947-2007

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Ganjera, Mohammad Akhtar Nawaz (2007) A comparative and historical analysis of elite sport programs in Australia and Pakistan, 1947-2007. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


Despite the fact that a number of academic studies compare the development of sport systems, a formal comparison of the elite sport programs of Pakistan with any other nation has yet to be undertaken. As a response to this gap in the literature, this thesis provides the first detailed comparison of elite sport programs in Australia and Pakistan between 1947 and 2007. In terms of the structure of the thesis, a critical evaluation of relevant sports history literature and other source material is followed an overview of the historical background, political development, and culture of Australia and Pakistan. A descriptive narrative of different sport policies and programs in both countries is then provided and a number of important issues are subsequently analysed in a more thematic manner. Institutions responsible for the organisation of sport and physical activity in both countries are considered and the distribution of financial resources from the government to elite sporting programs is also investigated. Specific attention is given to programs associated with the Olympic Games and the Commonwealth Games. Finally, an agenda for initiatives and research relevant to the future promotion of elite sport, particularly in Pakistan, is recommended. In broad terms, this research adds considerably to knowledge of the sport systems of both countries, and has the potential to enhance understandings of the history and development of government involvement in the delivery of elite sport programs. In addition, the thesis makes a significant contribution to current debates regarding the complex relationship between sport, culture and society in a crosscultural and comparative context.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/16075
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords sports, state, sports policy, elite sports programs, sports promotion, sports management, sports funding, sports administration, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Pakistan, Australia
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