Sport policy in Cameroon

Jo Clarke, John Sunday Ojo

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    Abstract

    With a population of over 20 million, the central African nation of Cameroon has over 200 ethnic groups speaking over 230 languages. Its triple colonial heritage makes it a unique nation, fused with many political, economic and social complexities. This country profile provides an overview of how sport is organised and governed and begins with an overview of the democratic and post-colonial past it has witnessed since independence was gained in 1961. Sport is popular in Cameroon, and its development is largely led by central government. The profile begins with a discussion of the key sport policy developments in recent years and in particular the rise in popularity of football over other sporting codes, and how this intersects positively and negatively with politics. Next, the organisation and structure of sport in Cameroon is outlined, specifically school sport, elite sport and disability sport provision. The profile notes a small yet emergent non-state led sector, which uses sport for development purposes which is driven in the main by international organisations and donors. Finally, the key priorities and associated challenges for Cameroon sport are discussed including the desire to grow the nations sporting infrastructure in order to host international sports competitions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)189-200
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Sport Policy and Politics
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2016

    Keywords

    • Cameroon
    • Africa
    • Sport policy

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