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PLAY THE GAME 2013

- stepping up for democracy in sport

28-31 October 2013 in Aarhus, Denmark

The world communication conference Play the Game 2013 was the eighth time Play the Game opened its doors for stakeholders in sport to discuss essential issues in world sport. 

Since 2007, the Play the Game conferences have been held abroad in cooperation with local partners, but in 2013, Play the Game decided to bring the conference to our home town Aarhus, Denmark. The conference took place at the Helnan Marselis Hotel.

On these conference pages, you will be able to find all necessary information about Play the Game 2013, such as themes, programme, speakers, presentations, images and on-demand streaming.

Photos of Aarhus shown on the conference website are, unless otherwise specified, credited to Visit Aarhus.


 

Latest news on Play the Game 2013

All on-demand material from Play the Game 2013 is now online

09 December 2013

No less than 22 audio files and 22 videos are now available online making it possible to relive the Play the Game 2013 conference. The Play the Game 2013 conference had 148 speakers giving 164 presentations in 34 sessions...[more]

Relive Play the Game 2013 through our on-demand video and audio. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard / Play the Game


Charting the shift in Olympic power and sport’s future challenges

07 November 2013

International sport is facing new power structures, but also a huge task in making sport and physical activity more inclusive. At the closing session of Play the Game 2013, four speakers mapped some of sport’s urgent challenges...[more]

Jens Weinreich talked about the power structures within the Olympic movement at the closing session of Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Democracies hold the power in international sport - but there is little democracy in sports

05 November 2013

A wish to promote democratic values in sport has ostensibly been a main driving force behind a new Global Sports Political Power Index from the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. The index shows that...[more]

Poul Broberg, director of sports policy at the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark presented the  Global Sports Political Power Index at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


The Brazilian challenge

04 November 2013

Conflicting views on Brazil’s staging of the 2014 World Cup were presented by panellists from both ends of the critical spectrum in a plenary session entitled Mega-events and democracy: The Brazilian challenge on the closing day...[more]

Saint-Clair Milesi, Head of communications of the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA World Cup 2014 talking about World Cup legacy, myths and (mis)perceptions. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Social Media – the realm of ghost agents

04 November 2013

Social media is not only changing how sports players and clubs interact with fans, Play the Game 2013 was told. It is being increasingly used as a medium for fraudsters to swindle young sportsmen and women who dream of a...[more]

Steve Menary talks about Facebook's fake football agents at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Play the Game 2013 draws to a close

31 October 2013

After four days of vivid debates and in-depth discussions, Play the Game 2013 concludes its eighth world communication conference on sport and society in Aarhus, Denmark bringing new perspectives to the international sports...[more]

Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Sports reform: How to change the tone at the top?

31 October 2013

Play the Game’s international director Jens Sejer Andersen has called on politicians and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take a greater role in funding investigations into sports governance and ensure the safety of...[more]

At Wednesday's final session, experts spoke on sports reform and the way forward. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Sochi 2014: Press freedom under threat?

31 October 2013

With just 100 days to go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Play the Game asked whether security concerns and the desire for positive coverage could stifle press freedom. The decision to hold the Winter Olympics in the...[more]

Jean-Paul Marthoz from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) expressed concerns about the working conditions for journalists visiting the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Play the Game 2013 FIFA session now on-demand

31 October 2013

The third day of the Play the Game 2013 conference opened with a session about the FIFA reform process and key experts presented their evaluation of the reforming work. You can now watch or re-watch the presentations from the...[more]

Video from the FIFA session featuring Walter de Gregorio (far right) and Mark Pieth (next to de Gregorio) is now available on-demand. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Mega-events do not have a trickle-down effect on sports participation

31 October 2013

Do sport mega-events hold the potential to increase mass participation in sport? Many politicians trying to gain acceptance for a bid to host a major sport event would say yes. But according to two speakers at Play the Game 2013,...[more]

Trygve Buch Laub from the Danish Institute for Sports Studies talks about the trickle-down effect. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


The legal cost of hosting a mega-event

31 October 2013

While the financial cost of hosting a sporting mega-event runs into billions of dollars, a legal price must also be paid. This, Play the Game was told, includes the creation of special tax loopholes, the curtailment of consumer...[more]

Carolina Cézar Ribeiro from the Brazilian Congress Chamber of Deputies talks about the legal legacies of hosting the FIFA World Cup. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


On tackling match-fixing and illegal betting

30 October 2013

The approach to illegal betting at the London 2012 Olympics including embracing reports from the media should be an exemplar for future Olympiads, argued British sports lawyer Kevin Carpenter at Play the Game 2013...[more]

Athletes need protecting and clearer ideas of how match-fixing is tackled, said Katarina Pijetlovic at Play the Game 2013 Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Understanding why taxpayers end up with the bill for white elephants

30 October 2013

In Portugal, the local municipality of Leiria is paying 5,000 Euro per day in maintenance costs for a stadium that is now closed. And a further eight percent of the annual local municipality budget is spent repaying the mortgage...[more]

The legacy of mega-events discussed Play the Game 2013 . From the left: Harry Arne Solberg, Eamonn Molloy, Trish Audit, Francisco Pinheiro and Jan Haut. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


FIFA Reform – is it producing results?

30 October 2013

Has football’s world governing body implemented any meaningful reforms since the much-criticised bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups? A top FIFA official and some of the organisation’s most prominent critics...[more]

Mark Pieth (left) and Walter de Gregorio (right) discussing FIFA reforms at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Sports clubs stand in the way of their own members

30 October 2013

Parental fanaticism and focus on performance and competition cause massive drop-outs among young people in sports clubs. But talent production and mass participation are not mutually exclusive, said former assistant coach for the...[more]

Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Facilities don’t fill themselves

30 October 2013

As much as 85 per cent of Danish and Dutch public investments in sport go into sports facilities like football fields, sports halls and aquatics stadiums. But simply building facilities does not make more people active and...[more]

Remco Hoecman, Senior Researcher at the Mulier Institute, talks about the role of sports facilities. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


The Kangaroo that felt swindled by FIFA

30 October 2013

Australia’s bid for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups did not fail due to a lack of suitability or a lack of infrastructure, the former head of Corporate and Strategic Affairs at the Australian Football Association (FFA) Bonita...[more]

Bonita Mersiades gave a look behind the curtain of Australia's failed World Cup bidding process. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


West Germany considered pumping swimmers full of air

29 October 2013

When professor Gerhard Treutlein from Heidelberg University wants to get young people to discuss doping and the rights of athletes, he tells a true and quite disturbing story from the 1970s in West Germany. At that time, it was...[more]

Gerhard Treutlein, professor at Heidelberg University talks at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Download conference photos and presentations

29 October 2013

Conference photos and presentations from the first days at Play the Game 2013 are now available for download on Play the Game's conference website and on Flickr. Find the photos from Play the Game 2013 on our Flickr page here...[more]



Declan Hill’s bullshit detector

29 October 2013

Certain phrases in the English language mean the exact opposite of their dictionary definition, Canadian match-fixing exposer Declan Hill told the Play the Game Conference on October 29. These include such terms as “centre of...[more]

Declan Hill explains the international match-fixing networks. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Match-fixing: Small risks, enormous rewards

29 October 2013

Football matches are fixed on a regular basis by criminals, an EU law enforcement official told Play the Game this morning, because for them it makes economic sense. While the rewards are often great for the fixers, Nick...[more]

Nick Garlick, Senior Specialist at Europol’s Organised Crime Networks at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game/Thomas Søndergaard


Target fixers ahead of players, investigator says

29 October 2013

Match-fixing is the "most serious threat to sport as we know it today," former Interpol match-fixing investigator Chris Eaton told the Play the Game conference. While doping threatens the integrity of sport, he said,...[more]

While doping threatens the integrity of sport, match-fixing threatens sport itself, said Chris Eaton (left), director of the International Center for Sports Security (ICSS). Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Loopholes still exist, doping expert says

28 October 2013

“You can deliver the best test on earth, and the system will turn it into complete nonsense in three years,” a German doping expert told the Play the Game conference this evening. Professor Perikles Simon of the Johannes...[more]

At a anti-doping session at Play the Game 2013, Perikles Simon, a German expert in gene doping argued that athletes can still use a number of loopholes in the system. Photo: Play the Game/Thomas Søndergaard


Richard W. Pound receives the Play the Game Award 2013

28 October 2013

Canadian IOC member and former WADA president, Richard W. Pound, tonight received the Play the Game Award 2013 for his uncompromising efforts in the fight for a cleaner and more democratic sports movement. The award has been...[more]

Richard W. Pound received the Play the Game 2013 Award on Monday night. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game


The Armstrong Case – What lessons can be learned?

28 October 2013

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was one of the world’s greatest sporting icons – a global superstar who banked 700 million dollars from employers and sponsors during his career. Armstrong was a cancer warrior, a...[more]

Despite Armstrong's confessions, the doping era is not over, said William Bock, USADA General Counsel at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Pound points to lack of incentives to catch drug cheats

28 October 2013

The fight against drugs in sport is being severely hampered by a lack of willpower on the part of sport organisations and national governments, veteran IOC anti-doping enforcer Dick Pound told the Play the Game 2013...[more]

Former WADA President Dick Pound warned that national sports associations have little incentive to catch drug cheats. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard


Match-fixer: I did it to survive

28 October 2013

Mario Čižmek knows his English is not very good. Regardless, he struggles through a conference presentation in English about something he is deeply ashamed about, and he does it in front of a big international audience. Why?...[more]

Former Croatian football player Mario Čižmek talks about his personal encounter with match-fixing at the opening session of Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game


Mario Čižmek: Why I became a match-fixer

28 October 2013

At Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus 28-31 October, former professional footballer, Croatian Mario Čižmek told his personal tale of how he was driven to fix matches while he was playing in the Croatian first league....[more]

Former Croatian football player Mario Čižmek talks about his personal encounter with match-fixing at the opening session of Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game


Making democratic noise: Play the Game 2013 opens

28 October 2013

“As you will understand and as this week will show, the noise of democracy has not yet reached every corner of international sport. Nevertheless, I insist that the situation has changed fundamentally over the past years. It is...[more]

"It is now legitimate to ask for democracy, transparency and freedom of expression, such as Play the Game has done since 1997" said Jens Sejer Andersen in his opening speech at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game


Opening speech: The democratic noise of sport

28 October 2013

This is the full opening statement by Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of Play the Game, from the opening session of Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark on 28-31 October 2013.[more]

Jens Sejer Andersen at the opening of Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Play the Game


Brazilian and FIFA top people engage in debates at Play the Game 2013

26 October 2013

Brazil’s Deputy Minister of Sport Luis Fernandes is ready to debate with critics of the country’s mega-events this Thursday at Play the Game 2013[more]

For the first time ever, FIFA is sending a representative to speak at a Play the Game conference. Communications director, Walter de Gregorio also participated at Play the Game 2011, but this time he will be on stage discussing the FIFA reform process. Photo: Tine Harden/Play the Game


Play the Game 2013 goes mobile

25 October 2013

Download the free Play the Game 2013 app and keep yourself up to speed with the latest news, tweets, programme changes and speaker profiles from the conference. The app will also give you easy access to information regarding...[more]



Conference coverage on multiple platforms

25 October 2013

In just three days, Play the Game will open the doors at the Helnan Marselis Hotel to our eighth conference on sport and society. Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark on 28-31 October, has so far attracted more...[more]



Play the Game 2013: Behind the curtain - The significance of journalistic grunt work

23 October 2013

If it were not for the courageous investigative journalists around the world relentlessly pursuing the truth, some of the most infamous cases of doping, match-fixing, bribery and corruption in sport might never have seen the...[more]

Journalists Weinreich and Jennings won the Play the Game award in 2011 for their work on bringing the widespread corruption in some sports into public view. Photo: Tine Harden/Play the Game


Be moved by Play the Game 2013

23 October 2013

A Play the Game conference is a festival for the sports debate. But it is more than a marathon of words from almost 150 expert speakers in around 35 different sessions and workshops. From the early morning, conference delegates...[more]

Photo: VisitAarhus


Play the Game 2013: Discussing the future of anti-doping

17 October 2013

At Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark 28-31 October, the anti-doping fight will be thoroughly discussed by some of the most knowledgeable specialists in the field.[more]

Photo: Richard Masoner/Flickr


Solid backing for Play the Game 2013

16 October 2013

Play the Game receives solid backing from the host city Aarhus and the Danish sports and media organisations, when the eighth international world communication conference on sport and society, Play the Game 2013, opens its doors...[more]



Play the Game 2013: New insight into the legacy of Brazil’s and Russia’s mega-events

15 October 2013

What are the true legacies and costs of mega-events? Play the Game 2013, taking place in Aarhus, Denmark on 28-31 October, raises a critical debate on a theme where sport meets big politics. Large sporting events such as the...[more]



A Deeper Look at FIFA’s Reform Scorecard

15 October 2013

In the run up to Play the Game 2013 where good governance in international sports organisations will be a major theme, professor Roger Pielke Jr. presents a closer look into his research on FIFA’s reform process showing that in...[more]



The silent scandal of the sports world

11 October 2013

It is the scandal the sports journalists rarely write about or even understand. And it is the scandal that does not really have a powerful and dedicated voice in the international world of sport. But actually, declining figures...[more]

Runners by the NRGi Park & Arena, Aarhus. Photo: Steffen N. Christensen/Visit Aarhus


Play the Game 2013: Meet the world’s leading experts on match-fixing

07 October 2013

"Match-fixing is the single most important issue facing the sports world today," says match-fixing expert Declan Hill. This is one reason why match-fixing has been a returning theme on the Play the Game conferences ever...[more]



Play the Game 2013: Join the debate on good governance

02 October 2013

One of the hottest topics in international sport today is the need for good governance: How do global organisations achieve transparency and accountability? Also at Play the Game 2013 international sports governance will be a...[more]



Choose your favourite challenge to sport and pick your Play the Game days

30 August 2013

The preliminary programme of Play the Game 2013 is at hand now. Early bird-deadline is postponed to give you time to consider your favourite Play the Game themes. More than 125 expert speakers from all over the world have...[more]



60 abstracts ready for Play the Game 2013

26 July 2013

All of the received abstracts for Play the Game 2013 have been through a peer review and more than 60 abstracts have been approved. You can now find the list of all accepted abstracts for Play the Game 2013 on the conference...[more]

Play the Game 2013 takes place at the Helnan Marselis Hotel in Aarhus, Denmark on 28-31 October 2013.


Pieth, Pound, Pielke and other prominent experts to present at Play the Game 2013

12 July 2013

Play the Game can now present a number of prominent keynote speakers for Play the Game 2013 taking place in Aarhus, Denmark on 28-31 October 2013.[more]

Mark Pieth has confirmed his participation at Play the Game 2013, where he will give a keynote presentation. Photo: OECD/Flickr


FIFA responds to the Report Card on FIFA Reform

08 July 2013

FIFA has responded to Roger Pielke Jr.'s Report Card on FIFA Reform posted on Play the Game's website last month. Pielke replied by inviting FIFA to join him on stage for a further discussion at Play the Game 2013 in October.[more]

Will FIFA join Roger Pielke Jr. on stage at Play the Game 2013 to discuss its reform process? Photo: Ed Coyle/Flickr


Play the Game enters partnership with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and media schools

02 July 2013

The partnership agreement with the Danish Broadcasting Corporation ensures live streaming from Play the Game 2013. Other important partnerships strengthen both the content and dissemination of the conference, among other things...[more]



Play the Game extends deadline for grant applications

30 May 2013

Play the Game 2013 has extended the deadline for submitting grant applications to 27 June 2013.[more]



Sports participation booms in Denmark

29 May 2013

A new report from the Danish Institute for Sports Studies on sports participation in Denmark shows a steady growth in the participation rate for both adults and children. The report is an English translation of a Danish report...[more]



Abstract submission deadline extended

17 May 2013

Another chance to have your say about sports governance: Play the Game 2013 extends abstract deadline[more]

It is not too late to send in an abstract for Play the Game 2013, which will take place in Aarhus, Denmark. New deadline is 15 June 2013.


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