Alternative voting systems

(The project was concluded in 2022)

The ‘one nation, one vote’-system in international sports organisations is often described as one of the main risk factors of facilitating corruption and vote-buying, thus threatening the integrity of the international sport.

To explore alternatives, Play the Game has now carried out research on alternative voting systems that could be adopted by sports federations.

The research paper focuses on weighted voting systems by looking into the seven international federations that use a weighted voting system. These federations are

  • Badminton World Federation (BWF)
  • World Rowing (WR)
  • World Taekwondo (WT)
  • Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)
  • International Ski Federation (FIS)
  • International Tennis Federation (ITF)
  • International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

The research paper focuses on how the weighted voting systems in these seven federations are composed, what criteria are used to determine voting power, why the seven federations are using a weighted voting system, and how the weighted voting systems influence the member associations’ voting power.

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PtG Publication January 2022

A vote with a weight