Programme for Play the Game 2024

Programme DAY 4, Wednesday 7 February

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

09:00: Main session

In the aftermath of abuse: Where can athletes find remedy?

Room: Olav Tryggvason

Chair: Julie Ann Rivers-Cochran

  • Building evidence to strengthen safeguarding in international sport    
    Tine Vertommen, researcher, Thomas More University/IOC, Belgium
  • Finding voice after decades of trained silence    
    Kim Shore, independent safe sport advocate, Canada
  • Key learnings of FIFPRO in supporting players in abuse cases    
    Alexandra Gómez Bruinewoud, senior legal counsel, FIFPRO, Uruguay
  • Sins of the Father: Challenging sport institutes through First Nation truth telling    
    Laura Robinson, freelance journalist,Canada
  • Remedy as a process: Co creating solutions with people impacted by abuse in sports    
    Joanna Maranhão, network coordinator, Sport & Rights Alliance, Brazil
  • Remedies for wrongdoing: options and alternatives    
    Ingrid Beutler, founder, Beutler International Sports Advisory, Switzerland
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

09:00: Main session

Anti-doping and human rights: Are they compatible?

Room: Tavern

Chair: Kim Højgaard Ravn

  • Human Rights – a corner stone for the credibility of Anti-Doping    
    Anders Solheim, CEO, Anti-Doping Norway, Norway
  • ‘Closing the Gap’: Player union perspectives on aligning anti-doping rules with international human rights standards    
    Ginous Alford, director of Sport and Human Rights, World Players Associations, Switzerland
  • Failures in the Global Anti-Doping System: Harms Caused by Ineffective Protection of Athletes’ Rights
    Travis T. Tygart, CEO, USADA, United States
  • Proactive reporting and human rights in anti-doping – an I&I perspective    
    Nicholas Raudenski, head of intelligence & investigations, International Testing Agency, Switzerland
  • An efficient antidoping policy based on a new set of rules    
    Wladimir Andreff, honorary professor, Ministry for sports & University Paris 1, France
  • Who is there to assure Athletes’ Rights? - the Ombuds Perspective
    Anna Thorstenson, Ombuds, Athletes’ Anti-Doping Ombuds (WADA), Switzerland
  • Panel debate, Q&A    

11.00: Coffee break

Documentary: Gamblers Like Me: The Dark Side of Sports Betting

Room: Olav Tryggvason
Chair: Philippe Auclair

Join us for the gripping documentary, 'Gamblers Like Me: The Dark Side of Sports Betting', shot, produced, and directed by Zoe Flood for BBC Africa Eye. The documentary delves into how sports betting has exploded across Africa, and follows one young football fan on a journey across Uganda, to find out what happens when global companies target some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on the

  • Introduction of 'Gamblers Like Me: The Dark Side of Sports Betting' 
    Zoe Flood, journalist and filmmaker, United Kingdom
  • Q&A with Zoe Flood led by Philippe Auclair      

Integrity worldwide: Comparative perspectives and special challenges 

Room: Tavern
Chair: Alex Phillips

  • Beating the odds against sports competition manipulation: A critical analysis on information sharing platforms and data
    regulation of the European Union    
    Simon Taes, assistant professor, KU Leuven ‐ Institute for Labour Law, Belgium
  • Clearing sport in Africa: Special challenges, global relevance
    Eze Alloysius, executive director, PLAYYA Nigeria, Nigeria
  • Initiating and shaping an independent Center for Safe Sport in Germany    
    Tarek Elias, policy and public affairs officer, Athleten Deutschland e.V., Germany
  • Urgent call for an independent global watchdog to safeguard sports integrity    
    Fréderique Reynertz, managing director, FRConsulting, Monaco
  • ClearingSport roundtable on obstacles to international cooperation
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

No pain, just gain: The future of anti‐doping testing

Room: Sverreborg
Chair: Rasmus K. Storm

  • No pain, just gain: Further development of anti‐doping testing to be better prepared for the future    
    Sara Amalie Solheim, postdoctoral fellow, Norwegian Doping Control Laboratory and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norway
  • The future of doping testing? How anti‐doping organizations perceive the implementation of a remote sampling system in anti‐doping work 
    Benedikt Stoffers, research assistant, University of Münster, Germany
  • Time will tell? Exploring the C‐Level ADO perspective on anti‐doping sample retention and further analysis application in anti‐doping testing    
    Julian Lanfer, PhD student, University of Münster, Germany
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Global spotlight on Qatar: A media perspective

Room: Austrått
Chair: Håvard Melnæs

  • Qatar 2022: A British media perspective
    Owen Evans, senior lecturer, University of Brighton, England
  • Global spotlight on Qatar: The narrative of the men's 2022 World Cup    
    Jakob Werner Jeppesen, student, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Presentation title to be confirmed    
    Stephen Cockburn, head of Economic and Social Justice, Amnesty International, UK
  • Panellist: 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
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Play the Game: Where do we want to be in 2030?

Room: Brattøra
Chair: Christian Le Coq

Session organised by Play the Game's analyst Christian Le Coq and managing director Troels Rasmussen. What directions should Play the Game look towards in the future? Please join us for a workshop about what Play the Game should offer, and help us with your ideas, opinions, and feedback.

13.00: Lunch

Who is sportswashing whom?

Room: Olav Tryggvason
Chair: Sven Daniel Wolfe

  • Sport and militarism: The forgotten nexus    
    Ian Mengel, board member, PLAY!YA, Germany
  • Does sportswashing erode democracy?    
    Nicholas McGeehan, co‐director, FairSquare, France
  • Saudis power play transcends sportswashing    
    Karim Zidan, journalist/Sports & Dictators Fellow, Sports Politika/Human Rights Foundation, Canada
  • Sport as a tool to push the balance of power between Saudi Arabia's multiple identities    
    Thilde Asmussen, freelance journalist, Denmark
  • Does Mohammed bin Salman care about accusations of sportswashing?    
    Frank Conde Tangberg, policy advisor, Amnesty International Norway, Norway
  • Sports mega‐events and their political memory: Political significances of France 2016, Russia 2018, and Pan‐European 2020 football championships as recalled by Icelanders    
    Vitaly Kazakov, Rannís postdoctoral fellow, University of Iceland, Canada
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Rights and representation: What is an athlete worth?

Room: Tavern
Chair: Lorenz Fiege

  • Swimming lessons: A deep dive into the brief life of the international swimmers alliance    
    Michael Gibbons, attorney, MPG Law, United States
  • Is it time for an international athletes' bill of rights?    
    Kimberly Holst, PhD student, Arizona State University, USA
  • Legal table tennis ‐ Who is legally responsible for athletes welfare?    
    Csilla Szomolaiová, PhD student, Masaryk University, Faculty of Law, Czech Republic
  • Mapping athlete representation democratic deliberative spaces in transnational sport governance    
    Lisa A. Kihl, professor, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Regional sports democracy ‐ who participates and what factors impact interest in regional decision‐making arenas for sports
    Anne Tjønndal, professor, Nord University, Norway
  • Consent to violence in ice hockey: How do we account for changes in player's attitudes over time?    
    Victoria Silverwood,lecturer in criminology, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Safeguarding athletes or protecting the brand?

Room: Munkholmen/Kristiansten
Chair: Laura Robinson

  • Inappropriate behavior in Finnish sports: Uncovering cultural and structural challenges    
    Marko Kananen, research manager, Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports (FINCIS), Finland
  • Distrust unveiled: Global athlete perspectives on reporting mechanisms    
    Whitney Bragagnolo, PhD researcher, MAiSI Alumni | Charles University, Netherlands
  • Finding a way forward: Addressing organizational factors contributing to systemic maltreatment in the sport system
    Marcus Mazzucco, adjunct lecturer, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Creating a framework for safeguarding at major sporting events
    Claudia Villa, independent safeguarding specialist, CV Consultancy/Centre for Sport & Human Rights, United Kingdom
  • Football's Broken Hearts: How Data Reveals Excess Cardiac Death Amongst Football Professionals  
    Gerke Berenschot, researcher and journalist, The System Behind the Incident, Netherlands
  • Safe sport: Failing athletes, protecting the brand    
    Rob Koehler, director general, Global Athlete, Canada
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

The Russian‐international doping scandal: Lessons and legacy

Room: Sverreborg
Chair: Andy Brown

  • State‐sponsored doping and international state responsibility: Lessons from the Russian doping case    
    Faraz Shahlaei, adjunct professor, Loyola Law School, United States
  • Russian perspectives on the Russian doping scandal, and countermeasures against    
    Aya Sadamasu, football physician, researcher, Chiba University, Japan
  • States and doping: Towards an extended responsibility?    
    David Pavot, professor of sports law, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • The Rodchenkov Anti‐Doping Act: The United States’ newest approach to doping control    
    Genevieve Birren, professor, SUNY Cortland, United States
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Opening doors for everyone in sport

Room: Austrått
Chair: Andy Harvey

  • The perspective of current and retired world class, elite and national athletes on the inclusion and eligibility of transgender
    athletes in elite sport    
    Alexandra Shaw, PhD student, Swansea University, United Kingdom
  • Who owns the truth about sport? Hegemonic reflexes in the gender debate    
    Sandra Meeuwsen, director ESPRIT, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • What is unfair advantage?    
    Åsa Ekvall, gender expert, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • From a culture of silence to a culture of resistance: Reflections on fifteen years of advocating for the rights of athletes with innate variations of sex characteristics
    Payoshni Mitra, executive director, Humans of Sport, UK/India
  • Together but not scrambled? Ethnic discrimination and a low‐cost intervention
    Cornel Nesseler, associate professor, University of Stavanger, Norway
  • Football is supposed to be for everyone: Some solutions for the barriers and challenges facing minority ethnic women soccer fans    
    Katie Taylor, senior lecturer in sociology of sport, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
  • Panel debate, Q&A                

Fans or foes: The spirit of sport journalism

Room: Brattøra
Chair: Håvard Melnæs

  • How fandom, union sentiment, and game knowledge influence U.S. sports journalism students’ sympathies during MLB labor dispute
    Sada Reed, assistant professor, Arizona State University, USA
  • Sports journalism in Romania: Football, an exclusive advertising channel
    Florian Petrica, university lecturer, Faculty of Journalism and Communication, University of Bucharest, Romania
  • Getting to the why: Educating the next generation of sports journalists and communicators on anti‐dopings purpose
    Brad Horn, professor of practice/associate dean, Syracuse University, United States
  • Going Backwards: The Declining State of American Investigative Sports Journalism and What Can Be Done About It
    Josh Fine, investigative reporter, United States
  • OSINT tools and techniques to verify and conduct sport investigations
    Federico Dario Teijeiro, investigative and data journalist, Universidad de San Andrés y Clarín, Argentina
  • Panel debate, Q&A 

15.30: Coffee break

16.00: Plenary session

Paris 2024 and future Olympics: Beacons of peace or tokens of war?

Room: Olav Tryggvason

Chair: Nick Harris

  • The value of unified sport and peaceful competition in a world with conflicts and division    
    Kristin Kloster, member of the Executive Board, IOC, Norway
  • Not all bridges built for a peace
    Vladyslav Heraskevych, M.Sc., Olympian/Ukranian athlete, NOC of Ukraine, Ukraine
  • Neutral athletes: Pigeons of war or hawks of peace?    
    Anatol Kotau, director of external relations, Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, Estonia
  • Prioritizing Responsibility: Advocating for political leadership    
    Hans Natorp, president, National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark, Denmark
  • Sport between nationalism and patriotism    
    Jérôme Champagne, former FIFA deputy general secretary, Sportlyanz, France/Switzerland
  • Panel debate, Q&A                     


Closing remarks by Jens Sejer Andersen

Room: Olav Tryggvason              

19.30: Cocktails

20.00: Farewell party with dinner & Play the Game Award 2024

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