• 10.01.2022 /
    A journalistic pioneer whose work was crucial for uncovering the culture of corruption in world sport for almost 25 years: Andrew Jennings set new and higher standards for journalistic coverage of sports politics. Play the Game’s international director looks back on a career marked by charisma, controversy, and cooperation among colleagues.
  • 17.12.2021 /
    The Olympic future of weightlifting is shaky. This is not so much due to the doping culture that was allowed to flourish for decades in the traditional Olympic sport. Now it is long-discredited officials of the International Weightlifting Federation who consider themselves untouchable. They are putting the brakes on reforms and, above all, on new elections.
  • 16.12.2021 /
    For its 25th anniversary conference, Play the Game invites you to engage in open, fact-based and constructive debates on themes that are essential to the future of sport. The abstract submission for Play the Game 2022 is now open.
  • 09.12.2021 /
    In 2020, Belarusian athletes forced the IOC to suspend the head of the Belarusian NOC, Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko, but the regime of ‘Europe’s last dictator’ still controls Belarusian sport, and athletes are still detained and fined for expressing their political views without help from the IOC.
  • 30.11.2021 /
    According to a new survey conducted by Play the Game, athletes have largely lost confidence in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They do not consider the CAS to be "independent" and "impartial", but rather an extension of the sports federations, where proceedings drag on irregularly and they are financially disadvantaged.
  • 26.11.2021 /
    More than 20 researchers have contributed to the new anthology “Good Governance in Sport. Critical Reflections” which is now freely available as an e-book via the homepage of Routledge.
  • 25.11.2021 /
    At a Play the Game webinar, the head of the National Olympic Committee in Portugal called for society to make more demands on sports organisations as a way to improve their governance. And a professor at the European University Institute asked for the EU to intervene in the governance of sport: "It is a public obligation to regulate the sports market."
  • 23.11.2021 /
    Two new online tools make it possible for anyone to use Play the Game’s Sports Governance Observer Tools to benchmark governance in respectively international sports federation and national sports federations. The tools also make it possible to make comparisons to and between all federations that have already been benchmarked by Play the Game.
  • By Stanis Elsborg- Senior analyst and head of conference, Play the Game
    19.01.2022 /
    The decision by a number of countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing diplomatically has once again highlighted the political nature of the Olympics. In this analysis, Stanis Elsborg, senior analyst at Play the Game, shows how China and Russia used the international criticism prior to their hosting of the 2008 and 2014 Olympics politically in the opening ceremonies for the events.
  • By Jens Sejer Andersen- International director, Play the Game
    26.11.2021 /
    Over 20 academic experts have contributed to the free book “Good Governance in Sport. Critical Reflections” published by Routledge in 2021. The editors Arnout Geeraert and Frank van Eekeren asked Jens Sejer Andersen from Play the Game to write the foreword. Here is an extract.
  • By Jens Weinreich
    06.10.2021 /
    Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Olympic power broker, has been sentenced to prison in a criminal court. Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich has observed the Kuwaiti Sheikh for many years and has been threatened by the Sheikh’s aides several times. He describes the methods that brought Ahmad to power and assesses the implications of the conviction for the Sheikh and the Olympic system. Not much is likely to change.
  • By Stanis Elsborg- Senior analyst and head of conference, Play the Game
    19.05.2021 /
    What does the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and space politics have to do with each other? Quite a lot and it demonstrates China’s ability to mix sport and politics in their national self-promotion, writes senior analyst Stanis Elsborg.
  • By Matthias Fett, Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg
    10.05.2021 /
    Under what circumstances is it possible to imagine that one or more national football associations boycott the World Cup in Qatar? Matthias Fett lays out three scenarios and their consequences for FIFA and the associations and reaches the conclusion that the most likely boycott would happen in the US.
  • By James M. Dorsey
    22.04.2021 /
    Sports governance worldwide has had the legs knocked out from under it. Yet, national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them.
  • By Andy Brown- journalist and editor of the Sports Integrity Initiative
    19.04.2021 /
    An in-depth investigation by Andy Brown from Sports Integrity Initiative reveals the details about race walker and former Olympic Champion Alex Schwazer’s complex struggle with the antidoping system that has culminated with an Italian judge demanding an investigation of WADA and the IAAF.
  • By Oscar Rothstein
    15.04.2021 /
    The recent election of South African Patrice Motsepe as new president of the Confederation of African Football shows how FIFA continues to meddle in African football politics leaving little hope of much needed reforms.
  • By Jens Weinreich
    10.03.2021 /
    Today, Thomas Bach has been re-elected as IOC President for a final four year term without any opponents or opposition. Using Bach’s doctoral thesis as a departure point, Jens Weinreich describes how constantly planning for the future has provided Bach with an unprecedented hold on power in the Olympic system.
  • By Andreas Nygaard, Christian Gjersing Nielsen
    23.02.2021 /
    When the Japanese people now faces dramatic cost overruns while preparing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they are not the first to learn a hard economic lesson. A recent academic study argues that the Olympic Games are naturally subject to severe cost overruns, while the IOC criticises the study for mixing budgets and attributing non-Olympic costs to the Olympic budget. This article examines claims and counter-claims in the debate about Olympic costs.

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