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  • Photo: Plotr Drabik/Flickr
    By Alberto Carrio Sampedro
    24.04.2020 /
    The effects of the corona pandemic on the world of sport will be long-lasting and are currently unforeseeable. Perhaps it is time to rethink the sports model we want for the future, argues Alberto Carrio Sampedro from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
  • By Jens Weinreich
    03.04.2020 /
    Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich discloses how IOC President Thomas Bach manages the crisis around the Tokyo Games. Criticism is stifled and there is no financial plan for sports federations affected by the postponement.
  • By David Rowe
    01.04.2020 /
    The global Covid-19 pandemic has shown, in the starkest terms, that what globalisation has given to sport, it can just as easily take away, argues David Rowe in this analysis from Open Forum.
  • Tokyo 2020 banner
    By Jens Weinreich
    20.03.2020 /
    Public and athlete support for the 2020 Olympic Games is waning but the IOC still hesitates to make the decision to cancel the mega-event in Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic. Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich explains what is going on inside the IOC right now.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    02.03.2020 /
    At a preliminary hearing in Portugal in January 2020, the man behind Football Leaks, Rui Pinto, was characterised as a blackmailer rather than a whistleblower. If the charges lead to conviction, the media's role in publishing the documents should be scrutinised, writes Andreas Selliaas.
  • By Stanis Elsborg- Senior analyst and head of conference, Play the Game
    11.02.2020 /
    IOC President Thomas Bach made it very clear in his New Year’s speech that politics should be kept out of the Olympics to protect the event’s neutrality. However, it is a paradox that IOC’s characterisation of politicisation only seems to apply to athletes and not the host nations, writes Play the Game’s analyst Stanis Elsborg.
  • By Jens Sejer Andersen- International director, Play the Game
    31.12.2019 /
    It was not primarily the athletes that drove the radical change of the sports agenda in the decade we leave. But there are signs that athletes will be at the heart of the agenda of the 2020’ies, writes Play the Game’s international director in a wind-up of ten turbulent years in world sport.
  • By Cerianne Robertson
    03.12.2019 /
    At the start of 2019, it was fair to say there was no single transnational anti-mega-event movement. In a matter of months, this changed as anti-Olympics organisers from Rio de Janeiro, Pyeongchang and Seoul, Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles came together in Tokyo in July with the goal of solidifying their transnational connections into an active movement against the Olympic Games.
  • 16.10.2019 /
    The Director of Legal & Business affairs of the IAAF has asked Play the Game to share the federation’s viewpoints in response to a debate about the Caster Semenya case at Play the Game 2019.
  • 16.10.2019 /
    As Play the Game 2019 comes to an end, a group of athlete organisations sends an open letter to IOC President Thomas Bach to bring attention to the important issue of human rights.

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