The aim of this study was to develop a method of establishing the current situation of elite sport in Brazil, with a focus on Olympic and Paralympic Sport. The justification for such a study is that
sport policy makers in Brazil have no precise information to formulate policy and take decisions about elite sport. The study took as a reference point the SPLISS (Sports Policy factors Leading to
International Sporting Success) theoretical framework.
For the nine pillars proposed by SPLISS: financial support; governance, organization and structure of sport policies; foundation and participation; talent identification and development system;
athletic and post-career support; training facilities; coaching provision and development; inter and national completion; and scientific research and innovation, specific instruments for data
collection and analysis were developed to attend to Brazilian needs and characteristics.
A guide to the collection of basic information in different Brazilian databases about the sources and destinations of financial resources was developed. In respect to governance, organization and
structure of sport policies a questionnaire was develop for members of the government and sport federations. The study also included a documentary analysis of the Brazilian sport legislation, since
organization and structure of sport policies in Brazil are in great deal established in Federal, State and City laws. For participation, a questionnaire was constructed to survey the level of
participation of the Brazilian population in sport. In relation to talent identification and development system, athletic and post-career support, and coaching provision and development,
questionnaires were formulated for athletes, coaches and sport federations. For sport facilities, a questionnaire was constructed for sport federations, with questions related to quantity and quality
of training and other sport facilities, as well the characteristics of all sport equipment used by them. In this part of the study, computerized processing of georeferenced data were also used, which
enabled the association of the location information of sports facilities to other information available in the project databases. In relation to the participation and performance of Brazilian athletes
in national and international competitions, instruments for documentary analysis in electronic and non-electronic archives of Brazilian federations were developed. For sport science and innovation, a
guide to the collection of basic information in Brazilian databases on science and technology was elaborated, and questionnaires to coaches, athletes, sport federations, and sport scientists were
A method of establishing the current situation of elite sport in Brazil was constructed. Whilst SPLISS proved to be an important theoretical reference, it was insufficient to deal with some
peculiarities of the Brazilian sport system. The main difficulty was related to the important role played by legislation in the Brazilian sport context, which made it necessary to develop a very
specific method to deal with such a situation.