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Play the Game award

28 October 2013

Speech by Søren Riiskjær, vice chair of Play the Game/Danish Institute for Sports Studies who presented the award on behalf of the Play the Game Award committee. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard[more]

Richard W. Pound (right) received the 2013 Play the Game award on Monday evening.

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

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

Preserving the Integrity of Sport

30 May 2013

Unedited version of the speech by Chris Eaton, director for sport integrity at the International Center for Sports Security, delivered at the MINEPS V Conference in Berlin, Germany, on 30 May 2013.[more]

Chris Eaton at the 2012 Soccerex conference. Photo credit: Kirsty McGregor / Soccerex via Action Images

The Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport

09 April 2013

On 8 April 2013, Play the Game hosted a one-day seminar in Brussels titled 'the Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport'. The seminar marked the conclusion of the AGGIS project, and provided a platform to reveal the final...[more]

The seminar 'The Challenge for Europe in the Governance of Sport' was attended by more than 100 researchers, journalists, governance experts and sports leaders.

The London 2012 Olympics - a gender equality audit

03 April 2013

In this report from the Centre for Sport Policy Studies at the University of Toronto, Peter Donnelly and Michele K. Donnelly has analysed gender equality in sport using the case of the 2012 London Olympics. The specific focus of...[more]

New report has analysed the gender equality of the London Olympic Games and found that there is still some way to go. Photo: catfordCelt/Flickr

AGGIS: Existing governance principles in sport: a review of published litterature

22 January 2013

In this paper, Jean-Loup Chappelet and Michaël Mrkonjic examines the theme of "good" governance and present an overview of existing and published governance principles in sport.[more]

AGGIS: Limits to the autonomy of sport: EU law

11 January 2013

This paper by Arnout Geeraert seeks to provide a concise overview of the application of EU law on sporting rules as it delineates the boundaries of the autonomy of sport with regard to EU law. It also provides an overview of the...[more]

AGGIS: Implementation and compliance of good governance in International Sport Federations

11 January 2013

Part I: ImplementationIntroduction “Sports organizations and their members and events are often dependant on a mix of revenues including public and private subsidies. Therefore, it is in the clear interest of European tax...[more]

AGGIS: Transparency

11 January 2013

In this paper, Aline Bos and Frank van Eekeren adress the concept of transparency, by looking at its definition, its different approaches and ways of operationalizing it.[more]

AGGIS: Accountability and good governance

11 January 2013

One of the central elements of good governance is the existence of effective accountability processes. Yet, as with so many aspects of good governance, the concept is hard to define and even harder to operationalize. Of...[more]

AGGIS: Monitoring systems of good governance

11 January 2013

The aim of this first draft report on the role of monitoring and indicators, prepared by the research team from the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences is three-fold: To give a general theoretical overview of the...[more]

AGGIS: Stakeholders, stakeholding and good governance in international sport federations

11 January 2013

In this paper, professor Barrie Houlihan raises a number of fundamental questions about the application of stakeholder theory in the world of international sports organisations. Can stakeholders be properly defined, and are they...[more]

AGGIS principles of Good Governance in sport

10 January 2013

Three lists presenting Good Governance principles from three different senders; international governmental and non-governmental organisations, scholars and the sports organisations. The lists describe when specific Good...[more]

AGGIS: The ‘Social dialogue’ in European professional football

10 January 2013

Social dialogue in professional football is essentially about the credibility of the sports stakeholders and their capacity to self-regulate their activities in the name of the autonomy that they claim, argue the authors Michele...[more]

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