A new report documents a “tyranny of cash” and widespread corruption in international weightlifting. It confirms journalistic investigations published over the past decade. Most surprisingly, the first to reveal the corruption was the sport’s president and perpetrator himself.
A number of international sports federations are financially heavily dependent on their share of the revenues from the Olympic Games. Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich reveals how the IOC plans to distribute the money from Tokyo.
Backed by Erasmus+ funds, a coalition of European athlete representatives and academics will map existing structures of athlete representation and try to develop new ones over the next three years. Play the Game acts as the coordinator of the project.
When partners in the SAPIS project met in Denmark in February, they expressed great hopes for the outcomes of the project as the need for empowering athletes and ensuring their voices are heard in sports organisations is pressing.
Two out of three participants at Play the Game 2019 rated the conference experience in Colorado Springs as ‘very good’, the top mark in the anonymous survey. The internal evaluation is now available at playthegame.org.
For the first time, the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport invited all nations of the world to join in. While other stakeholders are still kept outside, governments now seem to be engaging more in fighting corruption inside and around the organisations that run sport.
Play the Game/the Danish Institute for Sports Studies is recruiting an academic researcher who will contribute to developing the professional profile of the institute and strengthening our international leadership role within the governance of sport.
It is the responsibility of sport governing bodies to support and encourage humanitarian athletes who speak out for causes grounded in the principles of Olympism, argue Mary Hums, Eli A. Wolff and Nina Siegfried in this comment.
We are playing against the clock on climate change, argues journalist and academic David Goldblatt. In a new report, he analyses the links between sport and climate change and calls for global sport to offer vital and visionary climate action leadership.
Football matches are coming back after the corona lockdown and so is match-fixing. Steve Menary outlines the problems in stemming the rise of match-fixing in friendly games between clubs: Data scouts with low integrity, lack of monitoring, and federations that do not take responsibility.
By Jens Sejer Andersen- International director, Play the Game
The combined U.S. and Swiss police raid on FIFA top men at Hotel Baur au Lac five years ago was a watershed moment in global sport. The impact has been undeniable, but how long will it last? Play the Game’s Jens Sejer Andersen shares his thoughts about the credibility of FIFA reforms.
For the first time it can be revealed in detail how much cash the IOC paid to an Olympic host. Investigative journalist Jens Weinreich publishes the list of 117 payments to Rio 2016 in a worldwide exclusive in his magazine SPORT & POLITICS. The revelation helps to understand one of the most fundamental questions around the Olympic movement these days: What kind of contribution can Tokyo 2020 really expect from the IOC?
Why do we keep talking about sport in the media and online even though no games are being played? Brett Hutchins argues that sport sustains the memory and promise of connection at a time of social isolation imposed by physical distancing and working from home.
The effects of the corona pandemic on the world of sport will be long-lasting and are currently unforeseeable. Perhaps it is time to rethink the sports model we want for the future, argues Alberto Carrio Sampedro from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich discloses how IOC President Thomas Bach manages the crisis around the Tokyo Games. Criticism is stifled and there is no financial plan for sports federations affected by the postponement.
Public and athlete support for the 2020 Olympic Games is waning but the IOC still hesitates to make the decision to cancel the mega-event in Tokyo because of the coronavirus pandemic. Investigative reporter Jens Weinreich explains what is going on inside the IOC right now.