Developments in international policy on athlete welfare

Authored by: Melanie Lang

Routledge Handbook of Athlete Welfare

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367193256
eBook ISBN: 9780429201745
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429201745-3

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Abstract

This chapter traces developments in international policy and discourse on athlete welfare, identifying how sports policy has shifted from a focus in the mid-1970s on the prevention of sex discrimination and the promotion of equality for women in sport to a contemporary focus on the prevention of sexual violence against athletes, and especially children in sport. The implications for athletes and sports bodies of this narrow focus on one particular form of abuse are also discussed. The chapter then highlights how growing interest in and implementation of human rights in sport at national and international levels offer the potential for a new, more inclusive understanding of athlete welfare.

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