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FIFA must continue reform, says IGC report

24 April 2014

The FIFA Independent Governance Committee (IGC), led by Swiss professor Mark Pieth, has concluded its advisory review of the governance in football’s world governing body, FIFA, and the results are...[more]

Mark Pieth, head of the Independent Governance Committee, speaking at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard/Flickr

Barcelona transfer ban suspended by FIFA

23 April 2014

Due to ‘the complexity of the matter’, FIFA has suspended the transfer ban it issued on Spanish football club FC Barcelona earlier this month for the trade of under-age players. On April 2, the FIFA...[more]

Photo: Christopher Johnson Globalite/Flickr

Sport event hosts call for governance reforms within rights-holder organisations

23 April 2014

With evidence that the appetite for hosting major sports events may be waning, better governance is essential for safeguarding sport’s future, writes Rowland Jack, founder of I Trust Sport, a company...[more]

Photo:Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony by Abd allah Foteih/Flickr

Severe sanctions for age fraud in handball

22 April 2014

An investigation into age fraud in the Dominican Handball Federation, has led the PanAmerican Team Handball Federation (PATHF) Tribunal for Disciplinary and Ethical Matters to permanently ban the...[more]

Photo: querpass/Flickr

Qatar 2022 bid hit by new revelations

18 March 2014

1.2 million pounds has reportedly been transferred from a Qatari company to then FIFA ex-co member Jack Warner shortly after Qatar won the hosting rights for the FIFA World Cup 2022, writes UK...[more]

Photo: Jack Warner (c) Concacaf Press Office

Five cities bid to host the Winter Games 2022

18 March 2014

When the deadline for submitting bids for hosting the 2022 Winter Games closed this weekend, the cities of Almaty (Kazakhstan), Beijing  (China), Krakow (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine) and Oslo...[more]

The Olympic Rings in front of the Bolshoy Arena in Sochi. Photo: Atos International/Flickr

Singapore court overturns order to disclose sources

20 January 2014

In September last year, a Singaporean court ordered journalist and blogger James M. Dorsey to reveal his sources for a report he did on an audit of the connection between Mohammed bin Hammam and...[more]

James M. Dorsey at Play the Game 2013. Photo: Thomas Søndergaard / Play the Game

UCI president Cookson presents Independent Committee

08 January 2014

The members who will constitute the independent committee set up to look into the problems that the International Union of Cycling (UCI) as well as the sport of cycling have been faced with in recent...[more]

UCI president Brian Cookson (photo) reveals the three persons who will form the independent committee to look into recent allegations of the UCI. Photo: press image from

Indian athletes will be ’independent’ during Sochi Games

08 January 2014

Due to the International Olympic Committee’s suspension of India’s Olympic Association, Indian athletes will not be able to officially represent India during the Sochi Games next month. A dispute...[more]

Indian athletes will not be competing under the Indian flag at the Sochi Winter Games. Photo:The Indian delegation at the opening ceremony of the Vancouver Games in 2010 (c) Flickr/mmccay

EU opens investigation into Spanish public funding of football clubs

18 December 2013

The European Commission has targeted seven major Spanish football clubs including Real Madrid and FC Barcelona over possible illegal state funding. The Commission has opened three ‘in-depth’...[more]

Real Madrid and FC Barcelona are among the seven clubs whose funding the EU Commision has opened an investigation into. Photo: Flickr/tetegil

UNESCO and ICSS partner up to protect sports integrity

11 December 2013

In a move to step up the fight for integrity in sport, UNESCO and the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) have formed a strategic partnership that will seek to address corruption and...[more]

UNESCO and the International Centre of Sports Security (ICSS) enter partnership in the fight against sports corruption. Photo: UNESCO headquarter by Wikimedia/Guillaume SPEURT

India avoids expulsion from the IOC

09 December 2013

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) yesterday agreed to amend its constitution after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) threatened to withdraw recognition of the body for failing to comply...[more]

IOC President Thomas Bach threatened to expel the Indian Olympic Association from the IOC if it did not comply with the IOC's rules for good governance.

Laura Robinson seeks public funding for her defense against John Furlong

06 December 2013

Canadian freelance journalist Laura Robinson is asking the public for financial assistance in her legal battle against former CEO of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics organising committee John Furlong...[more]

Laura Robinson is seeking public financial support for her legal battle against John Furlong. Photo: Play the Game / Thomas Søndergaard

TI calls for better governance in cricket

18 November 2013

Cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, but according to a new report from Transparency International, the international governing body of cricket, the International Cricket...[more]

Amnesty report documents workers abuse in Qatar

18 November 2013

Migrant workers in Qatar's construction sector are exposed to routine abuse and exploitation, argues a new report from Amnesty International released yesterday, which calls on FIFA to address the...[more]

New report from Amnesty International exposes abuse of migrant construction workers in Qatar. Photo: Shell/Flickr

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