Wednesday, October 07, 2015

CONFERENCE: Play the Game 2015

International sport is challenged as ever before. FIFA seems to implode under the weight of its own mismanagement, international track and field is back in the doping spotlight, and the IOC struggles to gain new credibility and public support for its global events.
Academic research and analysis is needed, and therefore I remind you of the international conference Play the Game 2015 from 25 to 29 October in Aarhus, Denmark, with the title "Global sport: Reform or revolution?"
Over 125 speakers, including some of the world’s leading academic experts, investigative journalists, policy makers and whistleblowers will discuss how to make progress on a number of burning issues in sport:
·         The revolt against global events: A perfect storm for sport?
·         Governments vs. fixers: Will the rule of law beat the law of the jungle?
·         Good governance in sport: Setting standards, raising bars
·         A new World Code against doping: Anybody willing to comply?
·         The deadly disease of inactivity: Is the world ready for a cure?
·         Transfers and trafficking: The human cost of broken dreams
·         College sport in the USA: Unprotected amateurs in a billion-dollar business

Since 1997, Play the Game has been the first international conference to break sports political taboos such as the use of EPO, corruption in IOC and FIFA, illegal doping trade and match-fixing.Today, the direct approach to sensitive issues, the unrestricted debate and the outstanding networking opportunities still makes Play the Game a unique forum for identifying the challenges to modern sport and paving the way for solutions.
The list of speakers published at includes as diverse names and stakeholders as
  • Richard W. Pound, IOC Doyen and former President of WADA
  • Declan Hill, PhD and investigative journalist, expert in matchfixing
  • Sandro Donati, leading anti-doping researcher and whistleblower for over 25 years
  • Sarah Lewis, CEO of the International Ski Federation (FIS) and member of IOC’s Agenda 2020 Committee
  • Jean-Claude Mbvoumin, founder of Foot Solidaire and pioneer in fighting illegal trafficking
  • Pâquerette Girard-Zappeli, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at the IOC
  • Andrew Zimbalist, leading international sports economist and author of “Circus Maximus”
  • Bonita Mersiades and Jaimie Fuller, founders of #NewFIFAnow
  • Jérôme Champagne, former deputy secretary general of FIFA

Also a broad variety of intergovernmental institutions and NGO’s are represented, such as the Council of Europe, Amnesty International, Terre des Hommes, UNESCO and the European Union. During the conference, Play the Game
will launch the first full analysis of the governance standards of all 35 international Olympic sports federations, the Sports Governance Observer report.

The practicalities
The conference fee of 750€ covers all lunches, dinners, coffee breaks, social and cultural activities during the conference. Hotels can be booked at favourable rates. Play the Game is not-for-profit and the conference fee only covers a small part of the expenses.
If you wish to contribute actively with a presentation on one of the main themes, there are still a few available slots. Please contact international director of Play the Game, Jens Sejer Andersen, at
Updated information on Play the Game 2015 can be found at
We look forward to an exciting conference and sincerely hope to welcome you to Play the Game 2015.
Best regards / Bedste hilsner

Jens Sejer Andersen
International director /International chef

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