• 26.06.2007 /
    Since China was awarded the Olympic Games in 2008, human rights organisations and politicians have applied pressure on the International Olympic Committee to use the Games as a lever to improve China’s human rights record. But what is the rationale for regarding the Olympics as a source for political and social change?
  • 24.05.2007 /
    Australian Prime Minister John Howard has banned the national cricket team from their upcoming three-match tour of Zimbabwe. The ban has now placed increased pressure on the International Cricket Council (ICC) to suspend links with Zimbabwe.
  • 07.05.2007 /
    South African sports committee takes drastic measure against rugby team in order to pay attention to racial composition in the transformation process.
  • 26.03.2007 /
    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) wants governments to take action against the illegal manufacture and distribution of performance-enhancing substances as an evolution in the global fight against doping in sport is underway.
  • 23.02.2007 /
    The EU Commission now invites everyone to fill in a survey about the kind of involvement EU should have with sport in the future. The commission stresses that the survey is open to all individuals and not just sports organisations.
  • 31.01.2007 /
    Football has become the first target in an anti-corruption drive in Poland. A few weeks ago the Polish sports minister suspended the entire board of the Polish Football Association (PZPN) after one member was arrested on suspicion of corruption and match fixing. The price for this action may be high but the goverment is willing to pay.
  • 19.01.2007 /
    Athletes in former communist Czechoslovakia were subjected to a secret state-controlled doping programme with grave consequences for their health. In contrast to the situation in the former East Germany, however, the Czechoslovakian programme has not been described in any detail yet but a report is expected in 2007.
  • 27.11.2006 /
    Iran did not do very well at the recent World Cup in football, so Iran’s government promptly decided to fire the football federation’s president and the entire board and install another president. Now FIFA has responded by banning Iran from international competitions.

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