Programme for Play the Game 2024

Programme DAY 2, Monday 5 February

All programme elements are subject to change. Updated 30 January 2024

09:00: Plenary session

Biased, bigoted, boorish? The global debate on Qatar 2022

Room: Olav Tryggvason

Chair: Hanne Marie Brevik

  • 12 years of misdirection, and what it tells us about football's future
    Nick Harris, editor, Sporting Intelligence, United Kingdom
  • The lived experience and social media narratives of the FIFA Men’s World Cup 2010‐2022: The voice of “another”
    Kamilla Swart‐Arries, professor, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar
  • Have Qatar’s New Labor Laws Changed Anything for Workers? With No Press Freedom It’s Hard to Know
    Craig LaMay, professor, Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar
  • Qatar 2022: Securing a more balanced view from international media
    Lars Haue‐Pedersen, managing director of sports practice, Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), Switzerland

  • Did charges of orientalism derail the campaign for compensation?
    Nicholas McGeehan, co‐director, FairSquare, France
  • Panel debate, Q&A

11.00: Coffee break

Challenging traditions: Sports governance in the Global South

Room: Olav Tryggvason
Chair: Eze Alloysius

  • Enhancing football governance in Africa ‐ challenging traditional structures    
    Brian Wesaala, founder & CEO, The Football Foundation for Africa, Kenya
  • Incidence of institutional design, in the state of governance of national sports organizations   
    Julie Hortencia Gómez Solano, professor, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia
  • Citizen participation in the construction of public policy governance and legitimacy in sports   
    Ana María Arias Castaño, professor, Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas y Ambientales (UDCA), Colombia
  • How FIFA's non‐interference policy enables autocratic rule: A case study of the Kenya football federation
    Steffany Ndei, masters in sports ethics and integrity, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • AI‐Driven Capacity Enhancement: Empowering African Member Associations for Greater Independence   
    Mazin Eltayib Abusin, president, Sudan Youth Sports Authority, United Kingdom
  • Panel debate, Q&A   

Doping: ‘It might be out of your body, but it is always on your mind’    

Room: Tavern
Chair: Martin Dubbey

  • Professor Richard McLaren and chief investigator Martin Dubbey discuss a game changing approach to anti‐doping, utilising cutting voice risk analysis technology.
  • Panel debate, Q&A

The impact and legacy of mega sporting events

Room: Munkholmen/Kristiansten
Chair: Rasmus K. Storm

  • Does international sporting success and major event hostships affect people’s willingness to fight?    
    Rasmus K. Storm / Tor Georg Jakobsen, head of research / professor, Play the Game / NTNU Business School, Denmark / Norway
  • The illusive pursuit of socio‐economic impacts and outcomes from publicly funded sport events   
    Marijke Taks, professor, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • London 2012: Fifteen years of managing impressions of the sporting legacy
    Spencer Harris, professor, Colorado University Colorado Springs, United States
  • 2014 Fifa World Cup: The sporting legacy in Brazilian stadiums   
    Sabrina Furtado, researcher, Inteligência Esportiva Research Inst., Brasil
  • Equity Unleashed: Optimizing funds allocation in sport through Olympic Solidarity   
    Christoph Jankowski, manager, Warsaw School of Economics | NOC POL, Poland
  • Panel debate, Q&A    

Addressing imbalances, reinventing systems

Room: Sverreborg
Chair: Troels Rasmussen

  • The overlooked power imbalances of sport    
    Henrik H. Brandt, manager, Sports Hub Denmark (IdrætsPlatformen), Denmark
  • Towards a sound elite sports eco system: A case study in the Netherlands   
    Koen Breedveld, lector, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Empowering the athlete voice to improve sport governance
    Kelsey Sloan, global sports fellow, The Boarding School/Harvard Global Sports Initiative, USA
  • The new good story of sports? Critical discourse analysis of state sports administration's and central organisations' documents   
    Samuli Oja, researcher, Jamk University of Applied Sciences, Finland
  • Panel debate, Q&A 

Matchfixing and sports manipulation: Athlete perspectives

Room: Austrått
Chair: Andy Brown

  • Build trust to motivate reporting of match fixing    
    Corentin Segalen/Anna Semenova, primary coordinator of the MotivAction project/Project and policy officer, Autorité nationale des Jeux (French Gambling Regulatory Authority)/EUAthletes, France/Russia
  • Age manipulation in athletics: Challenges, consequences, and investigative strategies   
    Sanchita Aidasani, sports integrity analyst, Athletics Integrity Unit, Monaco
  • Explaining elite athletes' corruption behaviours: A comparative analysis of doping and match fixing   
    Rocco Porreca, senior lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom
  • Athlete‐centred integrity education for sport: Raising the quality and making a difference   
    Andrew Harvey, chair of the board, Gamechanger360, United Kingdom
  • Panel debate, Q&A    

Social protection of athletes: Trapped between governmental responsibility and associational autonomy

Room: Brattøra
Chair: Ivana Pranjic

Session organised by the German Sport University Cologne                

  • Sport integrity and decent work for athletes – the ILO approach
    Kirsten‐Maria Schapira‐Felderhoff, senior multilateral cooperation specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO), Switzerland/Germany
  • Implementing athlete‐specific social protection measures in European countries: what's in for governmental and elite sport actors?
    Lorenz Fiege, research associate/PhD candidate, German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • Preserving values, ensuring welfare: the association's perspective on athlete support    
    Sönke Schadwinkel, executive director, European Olympic Academies (EOA), Germany
  • Ensuring social protection and granting fair employment relations: Offers and constraints from an athlete’s perspective
    Jürgen Mittag, head of the Institute of European Sport Development and Leisure Studies, German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • Panel debate, Q&A 

13.00: Lunch

ClearingSport: Sharing knowledge on sports crime from different perspectives

Room: Olav Tryggvason
Chair: Chiel Warners/Grit Hartmann

Lectures and hybrid workshop on the why, how and what in making an alternative agency against sports crime. Interventions will alternate with Q&A.                

  • Getting to a sports anti-corruption agency: the path of least resistance    
    Alex Phillips, consultant/administrator, Independent/WFRF, Switzerland
  • Delineation and economic ‘guesstimates’ of the dark side of sport
    Wladimir Andreff, honorary professor, Ministry for sports & University Paris 1, France

Short interventions on specific perspectives:                

  • A journalistic approach to the costs of sports crime    
    Grit Hartmann, freelance journalist, Germany
  • How investigating finances via government and financial industry could help combat corruption in sport    
    Thomas J. Mangine, instructor, Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS), United States
  • Sports crime as seen from a European police perspective (title tbc)   
    Arthur Whitehead, international liaison officer, Kingston University, United Kingdom
  • Why the effort for independent oversight shouldn’t be limited to the West    
    Eze Alloysius, executive director, PLAYYA Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Panel debate, Q&A including members of the ClearingSport Advisory Group (present and remotely)                

How to fix and get away with it

Room: Tavern
Chair: Peter Forsberg

  • How to fix a club football friendly and get away with it
    Steve Menary, freelance journalist, United Kingdom 
  • The facilitators helping sport promote illegal gambling
    Andy Brown, editor, Sports Integrity Initiative, United Kingdom
  • Sporting integrity and legal pluralism
    Cem Abanazir, lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom/Turkey
  • Gambling addiction among Nigerian youths: The silent killer!
    Cosmas Ezoke, student, MAiSI, Nigeria
  • Manipulation of competitions in Brazil: Underestimated damage
    Paulo Marcos Schmitt, integrity consulting, NOC Brazil CBC FPF, Brazil
  • Scouting for amateurs. How data companies target Belgian and European lower‐league games    
    Samindra Kunti, reporter, Josimar, Belgium
  • Panel debate, Q&A

Steps towards prevention of abuse in sport

Room: Munkholmen/Kristiansten
Chair: Tine Vertommen

  • Safeguarding in sport: The need to protect athletes from institutions
    Sanchita Aidasani, sports integrity analyst, Athletics Integrity Unit, Monaco
  • Challenging the norm(alised violence): Boundaries of coaching in sport
    Zoe Elizabeth John, lecturer in criminology, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • Volunteering and safeguarding: Ethical perspectives. Youth volunteer coaches and the prevention of harassment and abuse
    Ophélie Delobel, MAiSI Alumni, Ethics of Sport and Integrity, Belgium
  • Safeguarding in esports?
    Tsubasa Shinohara, human rights officer, Swiss Esports Federation, Switzerland
  • You are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem. A critical policy analysis of the IOC's safeguarding policies in the case of iran
    Zohreh Abdollahkhani, PhD research fellow, University of South Eastern Norway, Norway
  • The importance of centering the voices of athletes with lived experiences of abuse in prevention efforts    
    Julie Ann Rivers‐Cochran, executive director, The Army of Survivors, United States
  • Panel debate, Q&A

The long way to sustainability in sport

Room: Sverreborg
Chair: Rikke Rønholt

  • Wild Wild(fire) West: How climate change is changing sports 
    Madeleine Orr, assistant professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Playing with dual purposes: A study of professional football player's engagement in environmental activism
    Frida Austmo Wågan, PhD student, Nord Universitet, Norge
  • Rewiring the greening of host cities: Birmingham 2022 and the prospects for social sustainability development
    Seth Kirby, senior lecturer in sport management, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
  • Solar panels don't score goals ‐ The long way to a sustainable Bundesliga   
    Maximilian Rieger, editor, Deutschlandfunk, Germany
  • Constant inconsistencies? Sport sponsorship meets sustainability   
    Ian Mengel, board member, PLAY!YA, Germany
  • Winter athlete's footprint   
    Hanne Marie Brevik/Anne Rognerud, Head of sport reporting/Senior sports reporter; Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), Norway
  • Panel debate, Q&A             

Protect and promote: The athlete perspective in anti‐doping

Room: Austrått
Chair: Faraz Shaehlei

  • Protecting the precarious athlete: How athlete working conditions legitimise substance misuse in elite sport
    Daniel Read, researcher, Loughborough University London, United Kingdom
  • The impacts of doping sanctions on athletes: The need for institutional support and continued research
    Byron Juma, PhD candidate & Jules Woolf, assistant professor, University of Illinois‐Urbana‐Champaign, USA
  • Protecting ‘Protected Persons’: Legal and ethical issues impacting mandatory anti‐doping investigations into athlete support personnel
    Marcus Mazzucco, adjunct lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Promoting athlete participation in anti‐doping education ‐ case study of a good‐practice approach
    Marc Wonneberger, head of section 'Fight Against Doping‘, Federal Institute of Sport Science, Germany
  • Social media use in doping prevention and enforcement
    Genevieve Birren, professor, SUNY Cortland, United States
  • From athlete voice to athlete agency: fostering athlete collaboration in service to clean sport
    Allison Wagner, director of athlete & international relations, USADA, United States
  • Panel debate, Q&A

Women's sports: Participation, experiences and leadership

Room: Brattøra
Chair: Poul Downward

Session organised by Loughborough University London

  • Womens participation in football in Europe    
    Paul Downward, professor, Loughborough University London, United Kingdom
  • Online experiences of female athletes    
    Lauren M. Burch / Andrea N. Geurin, senior lecturer / professor,  Loughborough University London, United Kingdom
  • Developing female leaders in and through sport    
    Jacqueline Mueller, lecturer, Loughborough University London, United Kingdom
  • On the cost of wearing white shorts in women's sport    
    Alex Krumer, professor, Molde University College, Israel
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: Plenary session

The Saudis are coming: How should world sport react to a new global sports order?

Room: Olav Tryggvason

Chair: James Corbett

  • The power players behind Saudi Arabia's sports strategy    
    Stanis Elsborg, senior analyst, Play the Game, Denmark
  • Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and its Links to Human Rights Abuses   
    Joey Shea, Saudi Arabia and UAE researcher, Human Rights Watch, Canada
  • First Qatar, Now Saudi Arabia: Time for Activists to Rethink   
    James M. Dorsey, academic, journalist, syndicated columnist, blogger, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and The Turbulent World with James M. Dorsey, Singapore/Germany/Morocco
  • A Half‐Full Perspective: The Arabian Peninsula and Saudi Investment in the Global Sport Industry   
    Mahfoud Amara, associate professor, Qatar University, Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia: The beautiful game meets a repressive regime   
    Lina Alhathloul, head of monitoring and advocacy, ALQST for Human Rights, Saudi Arabia
  • Panel debate, Q&A  

18.30: Dinner

20:00: Plenary session

Sports journalism: A watchdog for society or a pet for showbiz?

Room: Olav Tryggvason

Chair: Henrik H. Brandt

  • Journalist, activist or supporter: Which way forward for sports journalists?    
    Olof Lundh, journalist, Tv4, Sweden
  • Sports Broadcasting Rights vs. Journalism: Sleeping with the Enemy    
    Lúcio de Castro, reporter, Agência Sportlight de Jornalismo, Brazil
  • Unveiling Hard Truths: A Muslim Woman in Sports Media    
    Shireen Ahmed, journalist, CBC Sports, Canada
  • Locked gates, open secrets: Investigative journalism in FIFA land    
    Andreas Selliaas, journalist,, Norway
  • Panellist: Tariq Panja, journalist, New York Times, United Kingdom
  • Panellist: Tine Johansen, president, The Danish Union of Journalists, Denmark
  • Panel debate, Q&A                
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