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Calls for more reforms in FIFA

15 April 2014

The largest ever football conference in the United States drew interesting proposals for change at FIFA ahead of next year’s presidential election at the world body.[more]

Pele at the Hofstra conference. Photo: Steve Menary

Children are something you sell…

10 April 2014

Major European clubs and anonymous investment funds are fighting across cities, countries and continents over football’s new gold – talented minors.[more]

FC Barcelona trains a number of kids each year in its football academy, La Masia. Photo: La Masia, FC Barcalona's youth academy in Spain by hiytel/Flickr

Olympic House of Cards

10 April 2014

The race for the 2022 Olympic started this week. The SportAccord International Convention in Belek, Turkey is the first opportunity for the different bid committees to meet the fresh IOC commission members and experts. The...[more]

SportAccord president Marius Vizer (left), ANOC president Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (right) and IOC president Thomas Bach form the "international power triangle" in Olympic politics, writes Andreas Selliaas. Photo (c)

Thousands of children have been traded already

09 April 2014

FIFA has punished FC Barcelona for trading children. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The trade of minors is standard practice in European football – and has been for years.[more]


World leaders in volleyball threatened by Brazilian corruption scandal

18 March 2014

The FIVB General Director Fábio Azevedo is accused of taking a million-dollar bribe in a domestic case from Brazil that now leads to an investigation of FIVB President Ary Graça.[more]

Photo: Grzegorz Jereczek/Flickr

FIFA and the Lifting of the Ban on the Hijab

12 March 2014

The saga of FIFA and the hijab, the traditional head-covering worn by many Muslim women that also refers in some countries to the entire style in which Muslim women dress, goes back at least seven years. FIFA first banned the...[more]

The Iran women football team at the 2010 Youth Olympics. Photo: Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010/Flickr

Olympic Winter Games always more expensive than promised

05 March 2014

The Olympic Winter Games cost on average five times more than the organisers indicate. This includes Sochi 2014, which also experienced a quintupling of their costs. The IOC wants this to change, but has been powerless for...[more]

The budget for hosting the Winter Games is always overrun, says sports historian Jurryt van de Vooren. Photo: Atos International/Flickr

Reinventing the Olympic Games

04 March 2014

The Olympic Games need to be reinvented in order to ensure their continuing longevity, says Swiss professor Jean-Loup Chappelet in this comment piece discussing ways to innovate the Games while maintaining their uniqueness.[more]

Photo: ricky.montalvo/Flickr

The Day after Sochi: Time to take the Olympic Charter Seriously!

03 March 2014

"It is only by submitting the IOC to the close scrutiny of the global public sphere that it might be coerced into enforcing its own constitution: The Olympic Charter," writes Antoine Duval in this comment piece, looking into the...[more]

The Olympic Rings displayed in Sochi. Photo: kenyee/Flickr.

The Sochi inspiration won't get Canadians off the couch

26 February 2014

"Sports leaders, governments and advertisers have to stop pretending that winning medals will somehow magically “inspire” increased take-up," write Peter Donnelly and Bruce Kidd in this comment piece discussing the effect of...[more]

Canada won 25 medals at the Sochi Games, but while the medal number has increased during past years, Canada has seen a decrease in grassroots sports participation. Photo: Canada win Women's curling gold, Sochi 2014 by Andy Miah/Flickr.

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