The First Scientific Index Ranking all Countries in Sport

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The World Ranking of Countries in Elite Sport (WRCES) is a research-based annual ranking, started in 2014, aiming at evaluating the performances of all the countries having National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in all the sports recognized by SportAccord, and others, not yet recognized, but having a significant media popularity. The WRCES attributes coefficients for each sport based on two variables: popularity (to what extent a sport is covered in each country's sports media platforms) and its universality (how widely it is practiced around the world). With the WRCES, everything each country's athletes do counts in this ranking.


It gives credit to each country and takes into account the difficulty of winning in each sport. Every participating country gets points.
It can help International Federations know where their sport stands in terms of popularity and universality.
It accurately evaluates annually each countrys performance in all the sports it participates in.
It can help countries determine and implement effective national sports policies.


The WRCES stands out because of its fair methodology. The fact that each sport is weighted rewards the countries that succeed in sports that have a high-level competition. So, every country participating gets point(s). With the WRCES, international sports federations will be more aware of their sport's media popularity and universality. It equally serves countries and international sports federations.


The World Ranking of Countries in Elite Sport is to Sport what the Shanghahi Ranking is to Universities.


Hubert Ripoll

Emeritus Profressor in Sports Sciences, University of Aix-Marseille

The outcome of a rigorous methodology with an open mind to further improvement.


Wladimir Andreff

Emeritus Professor at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, President of the Scientific Council of the Observatory of Sports Economy at the French Ministry of Sports

Olympic medal counts have several weaknesses. For example, non-Olympic sports are omitted, and all medals are counted alike, regardless of the popularity of a sport. Nadim Nassif has developed a more innovative ranking system which incorporates factors such as the overall popularity of a sport and events beyond the Olympic Games in order to capture a more holistic view of measuring success in sports. Nassif’s ranking system should serve as a blueprint for a much needed debate on Olympic medal count reform.


Dr. Danyel Reiche

Associate Professor for Comparative Politics, Author of the book “Success and Failure of Countries at the Olympics (Routledge, 2016)

During my 20 years of working specifically in sport development throughout the Pacific Region and subsequently as an academic in the field of sport management and development I have remained frustrated by the dogmatic adherence to the Olympic Games Medal tally as the key rationale for directing funds and setting priorities for the development of sport. This compulsive medal winning mentality has crept across to many other multi-sport events and has led funds to be directed away from the establishment of viable and sustainable sport systems, in sports that are popular to play and watch in many countries. This new ranking system offers hope that there is a better way.


Brian Minikin

Former Regional Manager, Sport Development. Oceania National Olympic Committees