Politics

  • By Jens Weinreich
    11.05.2020 /
    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?
  • 03.10.2019 /
    When Play the Game kicks off its 11th world communication conference on society and sport the main theme will be athlete activism and the rights of athletes.
  • Gymnast
    13.08.2019 /
    A new report from US Congress highlights that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and USA Gymnastics failed to protect its athletes from sexual abuse. The investigators propose a new bill that challenges the autonomy of sport.
  • European _Games _Minsk _Wikimedia Commons
    14.06.2019 /
    Once again, a major sports event is met with criticism for being placed in a semi-authoritarian regime with bad human rights records. The EOC vice president defends the decision of awarding the European Games to Minsk but is ready to discuss how to implement broader human rights demands for countries hosting Olympic events.
  • Sailing Hempel Aarhus 2018_leo Nielsen _Flickr
    07.05.2019 /
    World Sailing has laid forward a proposal for a root-and-branch governance reform of the federation that includes simplifying decision-making processes, making more room for athlete voices and securing more independence for enforcement committees.
  • Israel Olympics London 2012
    21.03.2019 /
    In recent years, rich Muslim countries have won many politically attractive hosting rights for international sporting events. But, Israeli athletes pay a high price for this development.
  • 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.
  • Play the Game Leuven NSGO seminar
    16.11.2018 /
    Play the Game’s launch event of two reports mapping governance in national and international sport showed broad consensus that many of sport’s governance reforms so far have not been substantial enough to have real effect.

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