“I got so many direct messages saying: ‘Thank you for your words, thank you for your position, but why does the gymnastics world keep quiet?’ I don’t know." (The Guardian)
Ten youth players died in the fire that preceded a bumper season for Flamengo last year, winning both the Brazilian league and the Copa Libertadores. The sporting success allowed the club’s board to sweep the tragedy under the carpet and agree deals with the families of the victims, well before any responsibility had been established. (InsideWorldFootball)
Just five months into her tenure, Commissioner Baird faced many challenges in her new role and in the sorting landscape. Nevertheless, she navigated a return to sport during the Covid pandemic, negotiated a new broadcast deal, secured big-name sponsors and announced a new expansion team in Los Angeles. (Centre for Sports & Human Rights)
The latest annual report by the English football equality and inclusion organisation 'Kick It Out' for the 2019/20 season shows shocking increases in the levels of race hate and homophobic abuse, around football matches and across social media – in spite of the season being put on hold for several months due to Covid-19. (KickItOut)
The study shows: The differences in the amount of cards by country are significantly correlated with several socio-economic indicators relative to the latter. The wealthier the country or the higher its Human Development Index, the less the cards are given to players. Conversely, the higher the homicide rate and the greater the perceived corruption, the more likely the referees are to distribute cards.(CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report)
The author holds a M.Sc. in sports management from the University of Bordeaux. He critically analyses and questions the power of sport and its impact on the economical, ecological and social environment.