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  • By Christina Friis Johansen
    21.11.2017 /
    Whistleblowing has become one of the hottest topics in discussions on sports integrity. Independent voices have been instrumental for disclosing problems of doping, corruption or other types of crime. But who should guarantee the necessary support and protection when whistleblowers are endangered?
  • By Jens Sejer Andersen, International director, Play the Game
    30.10.2017 /
    "Why should we insist that sport and democracy must be linked?" asks Jens Sejer Andersen in this essay in which he discusses the fundamental ideas behind Play the Game.
  • By Roger Pielke, Jr.
    25.09.2017 /
    The growing awareness of health risks, especially concussions, in American football can have caused a “notable decline” in football participation among American high school boys, says Roger Pielke Jr. in this essay.
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    By James M. Dorsey
    13.09.2017 /
    Efforts to clean up international and regional sports governance six years into one of the worst crises in its history have yet to tackle the elephant in the room: the incestuous and inseparable relationship between sports and politics as indicated in Play the Game’s Autonomy Index.
  • By Juliana Barbassa
    08.09.2017 /
    "Many people had a lot to gain from the Games. The people of Rio, unfortunately, were not among them," says Juliana Barbassa in this comment piece arguing that the Rio 2016 Games accomplished precisely what their organizers intended.
  • By Rowland Jack, Founder, I Trust Sport
    06.09.2017 /
    The crisis in sport arising from widespread loss of trust and credibility is far from unique - the phenomenon is common to almost all sectors. As the sports movement looks to address the issues, there may be lessons to learn from some recent initiatives in the business and charity spheres.
  • 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”.

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