Hosting two mega-events in Brazil within two years has resulted in many political promises on improvement for the citizens in Brazil and in particular Rio de Janeiro where the 2016 Olympics will be held. Presentations at Play the Game 2015 shed light on some of the less glamorous consequences.
More athletes in the Olympics, more women in sport bodies and more media attention were among the different approaches on how to create more gender equality and less corruption in sport discussed in a Play the Game 2015 session.
On the last day of the Play the Game 2015 conference in Aarhus, Denmark, the biennial Play the Game Award went to Bob Munro and Mathare Youth Sports Association for their efforts to create sustainable social progress and their courageous battle against corruption in sport.
Play the Game is known as “home for the homeless questions in sport”. Many of these questions are posed by journalists. The conference asked whether the drift from traditional to Internet-based platforms would make investigative journalism less healthy.
Qatar’s success in securing the rights to host the 2022 World Cup will be cheaper than fighting a war and could improve workers’ rights but may not prove successful in garnering soft power. That was the message from a session titled ‘Qatar and the Soft Diplomacy of Sport’.