The international anti-doping crisis, the widespread sports corruption, the increasing number of revelations of sexual abuse cases and other controversial issues will be debated by almost 200 leading experts and sports leaders when the 10th edition of the Play the Game conference comes to the Netherlands.
For years, reporters have been fond of saying “FIFA mafia”, “Mobsters of Football”. It has made for good copy, sold lots of media space – but what words do we use now that there really is a trial that focuses on the widespread criminal activity inside FIFA?
Professional sports has proven an attractive scene for criminals and other shady figures with ambitions of tax evasion, money laundering, human exploitation, betting fraud, match-fixing and other forms of crime.
Analysis: What we are now witnessing in the field of doping is an unprecedented drama in the world of sports mirroring the drama we see in the world of international politics. And the big question is: what to do with Russia?
Hassan Al Thawadi declares ready to debate issues related to Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the current blockade by neighbour countries. Moreover, RUSADA adds its voice to doping panel.
Key stakeholders will meet at Play the Game 2017 and exchange visions and experiences from what is still a massively successful entertainment industry, but with a high price tag paid by public coffins.