Comment series

In the run up to Play the Game 2011 taking place in Cologne early October, launched a series of comments on corruption and good governance in sport with exclusive contributions from high profile sport leaders and other people with insight or interest in sport governance.

The comment series was leading up to the last day of Play the Game’s conference, running from 3-6 October in Cologne dedicated to discussions on how all stakeholders can bring change to the heart of sport by highlighting the need for concrete initiatives in the fight for more democracy and transparency around the pitch. 

In order to nourish the debates at the conference, Play the Game asked a number of sports personalities to give their personal view on how to combat corruption in sport. 


Anti-corruption comments


Self regulation is the key to protecting integrity in sport

27 September 2011

Europe needs stronger governance within the sports themselves so that it becomes impossible for players, presidents, officials or anyone else to affect the outcomes of sporting contests, argues Khalid Ali, Secretary General at...[more]

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Anti-doping: Widening the net against a common enemy

23 September 2011

Sport is huge business and the influence of the underworld is getting greater by the year. The threat is so acute that it needs to be addressed head on, argues David Howman, Director General of WADA, in the fifth contribution to...[more]

 David _Howman


The integrity of sport requires good governance

20 September 2011

It would be disastrous if politicians took over the governing of sport. To avoid such a worst case scenario, it is essential that sport federations at all levels work a lot more with good governance, argues Niels Nygaard,...[more]

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The world needs an independent authority fighting corruption

13 September 2011

In the third contribution to Play the Game’s series on corruption and good governance in sport, Swiss journalist Jean François Tanda looks at the recent problems in FIFA and argues that the main problem is the lack of willingness...[more]

 Jean _Fancois _Tanda


Meet the Challenges

09 September 2011

In this second contribution to Play the Game’s exclusive comment series on corruption in sport leading up to the Play the Game 2011 conference, Thomas Bach, Vice-President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), highlights...[more]

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Putting reform of FIFA in safe hands – a blueprint for anti-corruption in sport

05 September 2011

In this first entry in a comment series Sylvia Schenk, Senior Advisor on sport in Transparency International, opens the sport governance debate arguing that corruption, the lack of transparency and other governance problems is an...[more]

 Sylvia _Schenk

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