• Photo: justinshanks/Flickr
    18.12.2014 /
    Michael Garcia, the investigator behind the report into the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process has resigned in protest over FIFA’s handling of his report.
  • 17.12.2014 /
    The Qatari whistleblower Phaedra Almajid feels betrayed after her testimony on the World Cup 2018/2022 bidding process, despite promises of anonymity, was publicly dismissed as unreliable in a FIFA report. In this interview, she tells about the personal costs of standing up, and repeats her accusations of corruption in the bidding process.
  • 12.12.2014 /
    A list of 38 riders, all linked to doctor Michele Ferrari, has been published by Italian newspaper La Gazetta della Sport. The list is part of an investigation that claims systematic doping has taken place with the service of the doctor.
  • 11.12.2014 /
    A 700-page report into the manipulation of sports results has been released and is available for download.
  • 11.12.2014 /
    Slave like conditions for migrant workers on Sochi Olympics construction sites led to several deaths, many of which are still not accounted for, says an article published by the website theblacksea.eu. The article warns that, with a law passed in 2013 that suspends important workers’ rights, something similar could be the case for the construction of World Cup venues.
  • 09.12.2014 /
    With the approval of the Agenda 2020 reforms, IOC President Thomas Bach cemented his own power basis. The question is if he also re-established the power of the IOC in a changing sports world. Andreas Selliaas gives a personal account from the IOC session in Monaco.
  • 08.12.2014 /
    Tokyo’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 1964 was a PR triumph, which reflected on the entire population’s self-confidence. The Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s vision for the 2020 Games is to repeat this success, but it will be a Japan with all its strengths, weaknesses and inner conflicts that opens its doors to the world.
  • 05.12.2014 /
    The Russian Athletics Federations is accused of systematically doping athletes through a state-sponsored programme. WADA promises to fully investigate the accusations and the IAAF has referred the allegations to their ethics committee.
  • By Jens Sejer Andersen
    09.12.2014 /
    It may leave many crucial questions open. But by accepting president Thomas Bach’s Agenda 2020 reform programme unanimously, the IOC has set the yardstick that it will be measured by for many years to come.
  • By Antoine Duval
    04.12.2014 /
    With the Agenda 2020, the IOC has raised high expectations about change and it would be suicidal for the Olympic movement to betray its grand promises, says Antoine Duval in this comment.
  • By Andreas Selliaas
    21.11.2014 /
    In FIFA, silence is more valued than transparency and fair play, says Andreas Selliaas in this comment looking at FIFA's handling of the Garcia report.
  • By Antoine Duval
    13.11.2014 /
    "The UN should be weary to associate itself too closely with an institution characterised by a lack of transparency, internal democracy and accountability," says Antoine Duval in this comment discussing the UN resolution recognising the autonomy of sport.
  • By Christer Ahl
    07.11.2014 /
    It is essential to have a separate and totally independent process in place for decision-making in dicsiplinary matters, says Christer Ahl in this comment, where he also explains why it can be tempting to apply political considerations.
  • By Kevin Carpenter
    23.10.2014 /
    This comment by solicitor Kevin Carpenter, written for LawInSport, examines exactly what the legal position is in relation to the publication/confidentiality of the report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids produced by Michael J. Garcia.
  • Photo: Martin Belam/Flickr
    By Antoine Duval
    08.10.2014 /
    Recent defections in the bids for the 2020 Winter Olympics have demonstrated a public distrust in the Olympic Games, says senior researcher Antoine Duval in this comment piece and brings forward suggestions to how the Olympic bidding process can change and regain trust.
  • Photo: Council of Europe
    By Jens Sejer Andersen
    18.09.2014 /
    International director at Play the Game, Jens Sejer Andersen was invited to give a speech when European ministers were gathered in Magglingen, Switzerland to discuss corruption in sport and to sign a convention against match-fixing. In his speech, Andersen stressed the need to address corruption in sports organisations and listed five proposals for the European ministers to take on. Read the full speech held at the Council of Europe meeting here:
  • Photo: Nigel Goodman/Flickr
    By Christer Ahl
    01.09.2014 /
    Annual Olympics could be a way to salvage the Games, says Christer Ahl in his returning column and suggests to split up the Summer Games in three separate events, while hoping to create a debate which goes beyond considering cosmetic changes to the status quo.
  • Photo: Catalytic Communities/Flickr
    By Jens Sejer Andersen
    14.08.2014 /
    When most of the matches played during the recent World Cup are long forgotten, we should still remember and thank the Brazilians for having set a new international agenda in sport, writes Jens Sejer Andersen, international director of Play the Game.

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