Middle East

  • Photo: Special KRB/Flickr
    02.10.2019 /
    On the eve of the IAAF World Athletic Championship in Doha, new media reports of a corrupt bidding process tarnished the host country Qatar. Two weeks ago, Amnesty International accused the country of one more breach of the promise to improve workers’ rights. But according to the International Labour Organisation, Qatar has also made great progress and more is to come.
  • Photo: Lenbj/Wikimedia
    16.01.2019 /
    The Hakeem Al-Araibi case puts FIFA and the AFC in a bad light, say human rights organisations, players’ unions and observers questioning their efforts in advocating the release of the detained footballer.
  • Sheikh Ahmad Al -Fahad Al -Sabah
    29.11.2018 /
    ANOC presidential election postponed after ANOC general assembly reluctantly approves the self-suspension of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
  • Photo: seanknoflick/Flickr
    By Stanis Elsborg- Analyst and head of conference, Play the Game
    04.10.2018 /
    Qatar has announced its national development strategy for 2018-2022, which has great emphasis on sport as a major factor in strengthening the country’s economic development and its image internationally. The following analysis is a summary of a bigger research conducted by the author.
  • Photo: jbdoane/Flickr
    07.09.2018 /
    After agreements between workers’ rights organisations and Qatar a new law has been introduced that will strengthen migrant workers’ rights in Qatar. Critics claim that effective changes are yet to be seen and question Qatar’s will to change.
  • Photo: Andreas Selliaas
    28.06.2018 /
    The “Foundation for Sports Integrity” was recently launched in a lavish setting that made several participants ask about the source of the money. Two of them were Andreas Selliaas and Jan Jensen, who have tried to track the secret backers of the new initiative.
  • Photo: robfarrelltho/Flickr
    02.06.2017 /
    On 12 April 2017 CAS lifted the suspension of Kuwait Shooting Federation imposed by the General Assembly of the International Shooting Sport Federation. The CAS ruling could have a long term impact on Kuwait’s suspension from multiple sports and the associated international intrigues.
  • Photo: screenshot/www.HRW.org
    27.06.2016 /
    An international volleyball tournament in the Iranian capital has thrown into sharp relief a debate in international sporting associations on how to deal with nations that restrict women’s rights as athletes and/or spectators.

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