Good governance and management of sports is a matter of public interest. This interest steadily increased over the years, as sport professionalized and commercialized blurring the border between amateur and professional sport. The Olympic Congress of Copenhagen 2009 stated that the legitimacy and autonomy of the Olympic movement depends on upholding the highest standards of ethical behavior and good governance.
Public authorities put good governance in sport also high on the agenda. For instance, the EU sport directors meeting in December 2011, Gdansk, Poland, discussed this matter with the sports movement. The European Commission set up an expert group on good governance. This is the reason why the project consortium S4GG formed and looks into good governance in sport more closely.