• By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    15.07.2017 /
    Through three simple steps, including protecting whiste-blowers, governments would render to sport the helping hand it so obviously needs, Jens Sejer Andersen said in his keynote speech at UNESCO's International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport.
  • Photo: Rob/Flickr
    By Igor Kovač
    05.07.2017 /
    Petitions and referendums against Olympic bids show that the Olympic Games are no longer perceived as indisputably beneficial as they are presented to the public as being. Through a look at the city development plans for the Rio 2004 and 2016 bids, Igor Kováč points to some of the reasons why.
  • Photo: visitcampnou/Flickr
    By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    15.03.2017 /
    Governments and sports have too many conflicts of interests to lead the global anti-doping struggle alone. Jens Sejer Andersen proposes to expand the ownership, introduce collective sanctions, increase financing and tone down moralism.
  • Photo: justinshanks/Flickr
    By Osasu Obayiuwana, journalist
    10.02.2017 /
    Journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, a member of the now dissolved FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination, shares his personal experiences and disappointment with FIFA’s half-hearted attempt to address racial and discriminatory issues in football. “The time for silence has ended,” he says and calls the disbandment of the Task Force a “grave mistake”.
  • Photo: Michael swan/Flickr
    By Rowland Jack, Founder, I Trust Sport
    30.11.2016 /
    Wider adoption of term limits for elected officials would be an important step forward in tackling democratic failings in International Federations (IF), argues Rowland Jack in this comment piece, noting the limited competition in recent IF presidential elections.
  • Photo: Tine Harden/Play the Game
    By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    05.10.2016 /
    Today, the president of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), Ary Graça, uncontested seeks reelection for an eight-year term. And today, he also stands a unique chance to prove that he is made of something else than his controversial predecessor, Ruben Acosta, says Play the Game’s international director, Jens Sejer Andersen, in this open letter in which he calls on the sports community to take responsibility and help whistleblower Mario Goijman return to a dignifying life.
  • Photo: Richard Masoner/Flickr
    By Antoine Duval, Senior Researcher, ASSER Institute
    27.09.2016 /
    In this comment, Antoine Duval from the Asser Institute lays out a set of key orientations for a comprehensive reform of the world anti-doping system in the wake of the Russian doping scandal. In a nutshell, it’s time to focus WADA’s resources on compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code.
  • Photo: Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasíl/Flickr
    By Juliana Barbassa
    26.08.2016 /
    The Rio de Janeiro Olympics were sold to the population as an opportunity to transform the city and build lasting legacies. Now that the Games are over, not even winning the Olympic gold in the national sport, football, can cover up the disappointment over the missed opportunities, the failed promises, and the tremendous cost, says Juliana Barbassa in this comment piece in which she asks if it was all worth it. Her answer is no.
  • Photo: kris krüg/Flickr
    By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    25.07.2016 /
    When the IOC abstained from issuing a general ban on Russian athletes after the McLaren report revealing a state supported doping system, the committee failed on its self-proclaimed mission “to protect clean athletes”. Thousands of clean athletes in sport’s global elite and sub-elite are even less protected than before.

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