PtG Article 19.01.2007

Tell us what you want to talk about at the next Play the Game conference

What issues deserve strong international attention when 3-400 media professionals, academic sports researchers and sports officials meet this autumn in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the next Play the Game world conference?

Gene doping? Sport for the disabled? Match-fixing in cricket? Football on our mobile phones? Or brand new issues and cases that no-one has thought of yet?

Play the Game will be grateful to see your ideas posted on Play the Game take part– our online global forum for exchange of knowledge and opinions.

Your ideas will be considered by the secretariat and by the Programme Committee which holds its first meeting Friday 2 February in Copenhagen. A number of internationally leading experts have accepted to assist in creating a content-rich and electrifying programme:

  • Sigmund Loland, Professor, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Joseph A. Maguire, Professor, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
  • Jens Weinreich, Sports Editor, author, Berliner Zeitung
  • David Conn, Sports Writer, The Guardian, United Kingdom
  • Simon Chadwick, Co-Director, Birkbeck Sport Business Centre
  • Lis Puggaard, Head of Unit, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark
  • Bjarne Ibsen, PhD, Head of Unit, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark
  • Henrik H. Brandt , Director, Danish Institute for Sports Studies
  • Rasmus Damsgaard, PhD, researcher, Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre, Denmark
  • Lars Haue-Pedersen, Director, TSE Consulting, Switzerland (associate member)
  • Representative of International Sport and Culture Association, ISCA (associate member – to be appointed)
  • Representative of Ungmennafélag Islands, UMFI (associate member – to be appointed)

When the programme committee meets on 2 February in Copenhagen, it will consider a lot of possible themes, including yours and those already suggested:

  • Corruption, money laundering, trafficking: Can football come clean?
  • Wheels of fortune: Does cycling have a future?
  • Gene doping: A brave new sports world?
  • Fat chance: Can Sport Save a Sedentary Society?
  • Child Labour in Sport: What became of the right to play?
  • Megaevents and development: Beijing 2008, South Africa 2010 and London 2012

Please do not hesitate: Let us get your comments and ideas at Play the Game take part.