News: September 2013

On 5 September 2013, Peruvian sport federation presidents and their key stakeholders came together at a conference at the national football stadium in Lima, Peru.

The conference marked the start of a project to raise governance standards in Peruvian sport to a best in practice, leadership level. As the government body in Peru overseeing sport, the Peruvian Sport Institute is leading the project with support from Michael Pedersen. First stage of the project is to develop a common framework for good governance in Peruvian sport through a multi-stakeholder process with Peruvian sport leaders and their key stakeholders. Potential subsequent stages of the project include developing implementation support tools and other means of support to national sport federations in Peru.

In his opening remarks at the conference, Mr Francisco Boza, President of the Peruvian Sport Institute, said that “today, we are not just convening a conference. We are starting a process of change in Peruvian sport.” Following a panel discussion between Peruvian sport leaders and key stakeholders of sport in Peru, Michael Pedersen offered an international perspective on good governance in sport. He focused on what sport governance is all about and how sound governance standards comprise an important foundation for the future development of sport. He also offered perspectives on evolving good practice internationally, including the case of Netball New Zealand in professionalizing the boardroom, the case of Badminton World Federation in democratizing sport and the case of England and Wales Cricket Board in creating transparency and accountability in sport.

It is expected that first stage of the project will be concluded in January 2014.