Management of and Potential Return on Private Investments in Latvian Sports

Authors

  • Mārtiņš Lauva
  • Uldis Grāvītis

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33607/bjshs.v1i104.13

Abstract

Background. Latvian sports authorities under the Ministry of Education and Science are the main organisers of
the sports life in Latvia. However, they have not been successful in providing equally good support to all athletes
who need it. It is especially difficult to receive support for improving skills of individual athletes engaged in team
sports. Often it is the individual mastery of an athlete that prohibits them from moving on to the adult level of sports
of high achievement, even if the athlete was very talented and one of the best in the country when he/she was young.
Methods.  The  descriptive  statistics  method  and  content  analysis  were  used  to  assess  shortcomings  in  the
allocation of finances in the Latvian sports industry. Conclusions were drawn on the data collected, on the basis of
which a new method was developed in sports management, the efficiency of which was verified by performing an
experiment.
Results. After analysing the most popular sports among young people in the country, as well as the available
infrastructure, it may be suggested which sports are the most attractive for investors. It may be concluded that the
state is able to successfully solve this problem by attracting private investors who would be personally interested in
the development of athletes and also carry out successful investment management. The study demonstrated that a
successful process of private investments ensures a positive return on the investments, as well as the development
of athletes. One way to build successful cooperation is by creating high-quality sports development centres or sports
investment management companies which will efficiently contribute to athletes’ transition from youth to professional
sports. The efficiency of the methodology developed can be demonstrated by creating a company which would act
as an example for attracting private investments in the development of athletes.
Conclusion. The development of athletes would become more efficient and purposeful if sports could attract
potential investments with promising returns. This would create a tripartite cooperation among the state, athletes and
private investors, which would benefit each of the three cooperating parties. Additional funding in the development
of Latvian athletes would have a positive impact on the entire sports industry as a whole.

Keywords:  Latvian sports, private investments, sports funding, massive sports system, investment criteria,  high-class sports, sports development, efficient investment management

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How to Cite

Lauva, M., & Grāvītis, U. (2018). Management of and Potential Return on Private Investments in Latvian Sports. Baltic Journal of Sport and Health Sciences, 1(104). https://doi.org/10.33607/bjshs.v1i104.13

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Social Sciences in Sport