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Sports 05-10-2012

The fight against corruption in sport is a major European issue

Without a stricter Europe-wide approach to combat corruption in sport, one of humanity's oldest pastimes risks losing its value, concludes a recent EU-commissioned study by KEA, a Brussels-based consultancy. The think-tank Sport and Citizenship says illegal betting and the recent examples of match-fixing pose among the biggest threats. In the opinion of Philippe Kern, Europe needs stricter laws with new and better methods for prevention, detection and punishment to combat the problem.
Sports 26-07-2012

EU at the Olympics: An invisible powerhouse

The London Games should confirm the EU’s position as a major soft power (at least in its sportive dimension), despite the global financial turmoil and economic crisis on the Old Continent, writes Piotr Maciej Kaczy?ski.
Sports 12-01-2011

Sport as development tool promotes solidarity and social inclusion

Sport, as a tool for education, development and peace, can promote cooperation, solidarity, tolerance, understanding, social inclusion and health at the local, national and international levels, according to leading European sports think-tank Sport and Citizenship.
Sports 07-10-2010

Only a truly licensed and regulated gambling market can prevent corruption and match fixing

With the European Commission readying its Green Paper on online gambling, the recent cricket betting saga highlighted the need for European regulation that will allow bookmakers to continue to innovate and maintain their integrity, writes Khalid Ali, secretary-general of the European Sports Security Association (ESSA), in an opinion piece sent exclusively to EURACTIV.
Sports 11-06-2010

Soccer? Football? However you say it, the Yanks are coming

"The 2010 World Cup, which kicks off today (11 June) in Johannesburg, will present a number of intriguing match-ups that will play out on green grass, not on international waters, in conference rooms, or through diplomatic backchannels," writes William P. Bohlen, director of communications at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Sports 08-04-2010

The impact of sport regulations on European identity

"There is a factual antagonism between sports regulation and the notion of European identity," writes Muriel Féraud-Courtin, a lawyer at French law firm TAJ.
Sports 08-04-2010

Sports, a promising tool in reinforcing European identity

The ratification of the Lisbon Treaty turns a new page in institutional reform and starts a fresh chapter in European integration, write Nadège Chambon, a researcher at French think-tank Notre Europe, and Thibaut Kerhervé, president of Triathlon Versailles, in an April paper.
Sports 19-01-2010

Sport: Reconciling prosperity with political and financial independence

The main challenge for sports authorities is to reconcile prosperity with political and financial independence, writes Vincent Chaudel, director of sport at Ineum Consulting and vice-president of French think-tank Sport et Citoyenneté, in a December paper.
Sports 25-09-2008

The Olympics can be bad publicity

Hosting the Olympics can negatively impact upon the image of the country concerned, according to a Norwegian School of Management (BI) study.
Sports 21-08-2008

Dealing with doping: a question of the benchmark

Carrying out regular drug tests over time to amass "longitudinal data" on athletes may help improve the accuracy of testing, argues a July 2008 analysis compiled by economics consultancy Oxera.
Sports 18-06-2008

Sport both integrates and excludes

While sport is a powerful factor for social cohesion, it can also exclude through nationalism, elitism or racism, argues French sociologist William Gasparini in a spring 2008 article published by the Agence pour l’Education par le sport. 
Sports 10-04-2008

Olympics triggering human rights violations in China

"The current wave of repression occurring in China is not in spite of the Olympic Games, but because of the Olympics," claims an April report from Amnesty International.
Sports 02-06-2006

Football banning orders, proportionality and public order policing

An article entitled Football Banning Orders, Proportionality, and Public Order Policing published in the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice's July 2006 issue questions the extent to which the control of football 'hooliganism' is simply a matter of controlling 'hooligans'.
Sports 07-11-2005

Analysis : Sport systems in the EU

A study published in the European Journal for Sport and Society compares the different sport systems in the EU member states.
Sports 25-07-2005

Study on trends in sports participation in the EU

This study by the Mulier Institute describes the nature and extent of the practice of sport in the various member states and investigates whether it is possible to identify trends on a national and European level on the basis of this data and the extent to which comparison between the member states is possible.
Sports 26-11-2004

Comment on Spanish ‘amateur sports restrictions’ case

A letter of formal notice was sent by the Commission on 13 October 2004 asking Spain to look into claims that the Spanish Football Federation's amateur sport restriction discriminate against EU nationals. Academic and author of 'Sports Law and Policy in the European Union' Dr Richard Parrish comments.
Sports 23-06-2004

A Different Kind of Ball Game

This article analyses the relationship between football and politics. If football is often used to exacerbate nationalist feelings, European and international championships have the potential to bring people together and foster mutual understanding.