An investigation into the barriers that athletes face and how they impact their participation and performance in the Commonwealth Judo Championships.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This dissertation has used the Commonwealth Judo Championships (CJC2012) to explore the barriers faced by athletes and coaches regarding their participation and performance at the event. Qualitative and quantitative research was carried out which enabled the author to collect the viewpoints of athletes and senior officials regarding the topic area. The results of the study showed participation to have a direct affect on performance at the CJC2012. The main barrier affecting participation was financial with particular effect on less developed countries, which also had a direct affect on the confidence of athletes resulting in them not performing as well as the wealthier countries in the competition. The emphasis on government funding within less developed countries needs to be taken away and replaced with sponsorship initiatives and schemes organised by each teams national federation rather than the individual athlete. This will hopefully result in business' taking more of an interest in the potential sponsorship of athletes.
BA (Hons) Events Management
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