• 16.11.2018 /
    Play the Game’s launch event of two reports mapping governance in national and international sport showed broad consensus that many of sport’s governance reforms so far have not been substantial enough to have real effect.
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    12.11.2018 /
    New research shows that main international sports federations still lag within essential governance areas and indicates that public pressure and independent monitoring are essential for improving sports governance.
  • Photo: Colourbox
    12.11.2018 /
    A new and groundbreaking study maps governance standards in national sports federations across Europe. The report reveals significant shortcomings in many sports based on a new measuring tool, ‘The National Sports Governance Observer’.
  • Photo: Colourbox
    06.11.2018 /
    Following revelations of sexual abuse scandals in US Gymnastics, the US Olympic committee has now taken the first steps towards revoking the federation.
  • Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game
    02.11.2018 /
    Athletes and leaders of national anti-doping agencies worldwide join in demand for WADA reform and an independent investigation into the culture of the agency following bullying claims.
  • Photo: Visit Flanders/Flickr
    25.10.2018 /
    The Head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, Brett Clothier, and ARD journalist Hajo Seppelt are among the international speakers when Play the Game reveals new data on sports governance in Europe and beyond on 13 November in Leuven, Belgium. New details on the programme are now released.
  • Photo: Pixabay
    22.10.2018 /
    For the establishment in the financial sector, cryptocurrencies and the ‘Blockchain’ are new innovations not to be trusted, but some of Europe’s biggest football clubs are starting to get involved. Is it hype or the future?
  • Photo: UCCS
    12.10.2018 /
    The capital of US sport will host the 11th edition of the international Play the Game conference, thanks to the engagement shown by the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS). It is the first Play the Game conference outside Europe.
  • Photo: NOlympicsLA.com/Flickr
    By Gregory Andranovich, Matthew Burbank
    07.11.2018 /
    American cities have not had much tradition for anti-Olympic movements in spite of a series of Olympic bids in recent years. This might be changing, writes Greg Andranovich and Matthew J. Burbank in this article that analyses the current anti-Olympic movement in Los Angeles, which is based on public awareness and social justice.
  • Photo: Sybille Bauriedl
    By Anne Vogelpohl, Sybille Bauriedl
    24.10.2018 /
    Through an evaluation of Hamburg’s referendum for the 2024 Games, this third article in a series about civil society, contestation, and the Games examines the role of citizen participation and discusses some of the reasons why the NOlympia campaign gained so much resonance in the city and outside Germany.
  • Photo: Kremlin.ru
    By Stanis Elsborg
    23.10.2018 /
    Sporting events in Russia are directly linked to the formation of a new Russian national idea and identity under Putin’s rule and have become an important tool in forming the narrative of the nation and establishing a meaningful relationship between the past, present and future, writes Stanis Elsborg in this analysis on sport and identity in Russia.
  • Photo: Vladimir Varfolomeev/Flickr
    By Sven Daniel Wolfe
    08.10.2018 /
    This second article in our series on civic contestation of mega-events looks to Russia and the protests that have played out here in spite of the efforts by authorities to stifle and suppress popular resistance.
  • Photo: Grüne Fraktion Bayern/Flickr
    By Dennis Pauschinger, John Lauermann
    08.10.2018 /
    In this first introductory article, Dennis Pauschinger from the University of Neuchâtel and John Lauermann from the City University of New York discuss similarities and differences of the various movements that have arisen and discuss whether it is a global movement, or rather a locally founded ‘globalised way of protesting the World Cup and the Olympics’.
  • Photo: seanknoflick/Flickr
    By Stanis Elsborg
    04.10.2018 /
    Qatar has announced its national development strategy for 2018-2022, which has great emphasis on sport as a major factor in strengthening the country’s economic development and its image internationally. The following analysis is a brief summary of a bigger research conducted by the author.
  • Photo: Lulu di Mello
    By Jorge Knijnik
    09.07.2018 /
    After four years of the ‘best World Cup ever’, Brazil’s World Cup legacy is taking shape – and it doesn’t look pretty for the lovers of the once iconic ‘jogo bonito'. Jorge Knijnik looks into the cultural, political and sporting impact of the 2014 event on the people of Brazil.
  • Photo: Oleg Bkhambri (Volmetro)/FWikimedia
    By Christer Ahl
    04.07.2018 /
    Is the need and public demand for amusement diluting the intrinsic values of sport, asks Christer Ahl in this opinion piece that looks into what we are prepared to sacrifice on the altar of entertainment.
  • Photo: ADNO/Flickr
    By Andreas Selliaas
    27.06.2018 /
    Analysis: The race for the seat as WADA president has begun. At a conference in Oslo this week, Norwegian Linda Hofstad Helleland kicked off her campaign. Some of the loudest critics of the current anti-doping system seem to support her.
  • Photo: Dave Holland/COC
    By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    13.06.2018 /
    “One of the best ways you can avoid being used is by making your voice heard in the public domain,” said Jens Sejer Andersen, International director at Play the Game, when speaking to athletes at the WADA Global Athletes Forum, held in Calgary, Canada, on June 4, 2018.

    Read the speech that he gave on the occasion.

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