Politics

  • 20.11.2006 /
    Ministers of sport from 49 European countries want to set up a new body under the auspices of the Council of Europe to strengthen European policymaking in the area of sport. As something new, the new body will also be open to international sports federations and sports NGOs.
  • 20.11.2006 /
    The International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) uses powerful weapons in an attempt to stop political interference. IAAF has barred Algerian track and field athletes from all international competitions after Algeria’s athletic federation was dissolved by the country’s Minister of sport, Yahia Guidoum, in September.
  • 03.11.2006 /
    Affairs in Kenyan football went from grotesque to tragic today when Kenyan minister of sport, Maina Kamanda, made the decision to dissolve Kenya’s Football Federation and at the same time deport one of the federation’s strongest and most enterprising critics, the Canadian born sports entrepreneur Bob Munro.
  • 08.09.2006 /
    Nearly 17 years after the collapse of the communist regime in Romania, the files of Romania’s dreaded secret police, Securitate, are being opened. A commission will examine the files of politicians, journalists and the clergy but Romanian president Traian Basescu also wants the files of athletes to be declassified and opened to public scrutiny.
  • 08.09.2006 /
    Governance in sport is making its way onto the political agenda in Europe. At the end of September politicians from Europe and the Russian State Duma will meet with a wide range of sports actors to discuss the future of sport in Europe at a conference called “Play Fair With Sport.”
  • 10.08.2006 /
    Last year, the government in New Zealand refused entry visas to a cricket team from Zimbabwe in protest against human rights abuses by Zimbabwe’s government. Now the New Zealand government has agreed to pay New Zealand Cricket compensation to cover losses from the cancelled tour.
  • 10.08.2006 /
    Greek Deputy Sports Minister George Orfanos felt the heat this summer when FIFA excluded Greek football teams from international competitions. FIFA was unhappy with proposals for a new law which would open the Hellenic Football Federation to public scrutiny. In the end, football was exempted from the law leaving Orfanos to ask whether FIFA is above national lawmakers.
  • 07.07.2006 /
    Sport will be high on the agenda of the European Commission for the next year. EU Commissioner Jan Figel has decided to produce a ”White Paper on the Role of Sport in Europe” in 2007 and a lengthy consultation process with sports actors in Europe began at a conference in Bruxelles last week.

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