What is the harvest like when a country with a 77-year-old membership of FIFA suddenly finds itself, as Antigua did in June 2003, shown the red card so its corrupt top-tier officials could not be got rid of electorally?
Sport can stem the rising tide of youth suicides in many countries according to Australian National University's Colin Tatz. In a presentation to the Play the Game conference, he explained that sport opens the doors of social inclusion to those who feel cruelly excluded.
Elliott Almond, Olympics and Enterprise Reporter for the San Mercury News of San Francisco told conference participants that the BALCO scandal in the US could be compared to the Ben Jonson affair in Canada for its effect in forcing the nation to confront the relationship between national pride, commercialism and doping.
Match fixing has been around as long as sport itself and the cost of fixing a match is not significantly greater today than it was 90 years ago. What is different is that has become much easier to profit by betting on a loser.
Delegates at Play the Game today decided to ask FIFA what action the organisation had taken when Burmese journalist Zaw Thet Htwe was sentenced to death because he published articles questioning how the Burmese Football Federation had spent money from FIFA’s Financial Assistance Programme.