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12-01-2013, 12:24 AM
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wings5
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Two biggest influencing factors are interest and population. More interest will lead to better development of players/coaches. It's the main reason countries like Serbia and Croatia can be competitive in so many sports despite their small numbers for example ,they are sports crazy nations and it creates more internal competitive competition within the country and thus yield better quality athletes. Population is a factor why a country like the US, despite lower interest in hockey and soccer can stay competitive with countries where the sport popularity is much higher.

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