PtG Article 03.03.2011

Invitation to Opening Seminar in Aarhus

Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idan) invites you to an opening seminar marking the merger of the two organisations. The seminar is entitled "Corruption in the corridors - International Sport at a crossroad' and takes place on Thursday 10 March.

Idan and Play the Game merged by the beginning of this year to strengthen each other in key areas such as sport policy analysis and dissemination, discussion-generating activities at home and abroad, as well as international networking.

As part of the merger Play the Game moved from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus to new premises at the Department of Sport Studies at Aarhus University.

To mark the merger and the relocation of offices, Play the Game and Idan invites friends, partners, business associates, media, new neighbours and all others interested to attend a seminar on the current challenges in international sport under the headline 'Corruption in the corridors - International Sport at a crossroad'.

The main speakers are two of the world's leading sports journalists, Laura Robinson from Canada and Jens Weinreich from Germany, who have both, in different ways, influenced the international sport agenda for many years. The seminar coincides with a growing number of voices in the international debate pointing to the need for intensified efforts against corruption and abuse of power in world sport.

The seminar is open to the public and takes place on Thursday 10 March from 13-16 pm at the Department of Sports Science, Aarhus University, Dalgas Avenue 4, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. 

The programme:

13.00 Welcome. Klavs Madsen, Head of Department, Department of Sports Science, Aarhus University

13.05 Welcome and Introduction: Background and Prospects for the merger ofPlay the Game and the Danish Institute for Sports Studies. Henrik H. Brandt, Director of Sports Studies / Play the Game

13.15 "The Untold Legacy: Vancouver Year One after the Olympics" Laura Robinson, journalist and author, Canada

13.45 "Bribery and Business: A day at the office in international sports" Jens Weinreich, journalist and blogger, Germany

14.20 Coffee break

14.50 "Where Money Grows on trees: Trends in international sports governance” Jens Sejer Andersen, International Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies / Play the Game

15.10 Panel discussion, Q & A

A  light refreshment and snacks will be offered in the adjacent cafeteria after the seminar.


The event is free of admission but advance registration is required. To register, please send an email with name and organisation no later than Wednesday 9 March at 12.00 PM to Nynne Mortensen,, telephone  +45 3266 1030