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English football has proposed a set of recommendations to further strengthen the Online Safety Bill and ensure victims of online abuse are adequately protected.
The IIHF Independent Disciplinary Board has issued a five-year suspension to Belarusian Ice Hockey Association (BIHA) President Dmitri Baskov.
The decision comes following a ten-month investigation by the IIHF Disciplinary Board, which found Baskov to be in violation of the IIHF Code of Conduct. The Board cited sufficient evidence that Baskov has tried to directly influence others to support the Belarus government and has threatened and discriminated Belarusian athletes because of their political opinion, violating Rule 220.127.116.11 of the IIHF Code of Conduct. The Board also determined that Baskov abused his position as a representative of ice hockey in order to support the current President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, violating Article 5 of the Olympic Charter in connection with Article 2.1 of the IIHF Disciplinary Regulations and Rule 18.104.22.168 of the IIHF Code of Conduct.
More than 300 million people worldwide currently live with some form of colour vision deficiency and World Rugby is committed to ensuring they can enjoy the game at all levels.
- Ghana National team player Nicholas Opoku wins legal case against Club Africain
- Opoku wins extra compensation under a new FIFA rule that can be triggered in extreme cases
- Black Stars player was supported in three-year case by Ghanaian player union and FIFPRO
The Australian government has announced it will give Paralympics Australia extra funding to close the bonus pay gap for those para-athletes winning medals at the Tokyo Games.
UEFA has launched a new anti-doping education strategy – based on financial support which will enable its 55 member associations to run education activities to help footballers stay clean.
The NFL distributed to clubs a consolidated set of the NFL-NFLPA COVID-19 Protocols for the 2021 Regular Season. This consolidated document includes the following:
The EFL has produced a League-wide anti-discrimination video as part of its ‘Together Against Discrimination’ campaign, which calls on all in stadiums to call out abuse, report discrimination and to respect players and one another.
- Rugby united in its ongoing commitment to enhance welfare outcomes
- Five welfare-focused trials to be adopted globally from 1 August, 2021
- Truly collaborative process has involved players, coaches, competitions and medics
- Players and competitions welcome trial
- Outcomes will be evaluated in 2022 in inform decision on adoption into law
The United States Tennis Association announced the launch of a new mental health initiative for players on Tuesday ahead of the US Open later this month.
We are grateful to the Australian government for evacuating a large number of women footballers and athletes from Afghanistan. These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has released a transgender policy which details criteria for transgender athletes to be able to compete.
Cedric Hountondji is among more than 150 professional footballers participating in FIFPRO’s unprecedented 10-year research project into player health.
The International Olympic Committee has launched a formal investigation into the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus (NOCRB) after sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya alleged officials from the country had taken her to the airport against her will.
Tsimanouskaya took refuge in the Polish embassy in Tokyo on Monday, a day after refusing her team’s orders to board a flight home from the Olympic Games. Warsaw has offered her a humanitarian visa.
2 August 2021: Global Athlete calls on the International Olympic Committee to immediately suspend the Belarus National Olympic Committee and allow all Belarusian athletes to compete as neutral athletes under the Olympic flag. The alleged kidnapping of Belarusian Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya by the Belarus National Olympic Committee (NOC) is yet another example of the alarming athlete abuse occurring in Belarus.
To promote greater gender diversity at the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has introduced multiple new mixed-gender events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. They are providing an exciting new competition format and are often unpredictable and thrilling to the end for both competitors and fans.
Independent German elite athlete group said a hastily-introduced process that potentially allows athletes to protest at the Tokyo Olympics is not transparent, and instead could deter them from highlighting social issues close to their hearts.
The NFL informed clubs that it would not extend the season to accommodate a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players that causes a game cancellation.
The Centre for Sport & Human Rights (CSHR) was formally established today as an independent non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland. It has also appointed a diverse nine-person board of outstanding individuals to oversee its work including former UNI Global Union General Secretary, Philip Jennings and past World Players Association Executive Director, Walter Palmer.
From today college athletes will be able to make money off their name, image and likeness (NIL) after the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) passed a landmark legislative change.
Chris Ronalds AO SC will head the independent panel of female experts to investigate issues relating to women and girls' experience and the advancement of swimming for all athletes across the sport.
Ms Ronalds is a prominent Sydney barrister who is highly regarded in discrimination and harassment law, employment law and administrative law. She played a pivotal role in the development of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.
The panel has been formed to assist Swimming Australia to promote a culture of continuous improvement and accountability.
"I am pleased to have been appointed in this role as Chair," Ms Ronalds said.
FIFPRO is appalled by the employment situation of professional footballers in Romania and the lack of urgency shown by the country’s football association (FRF) to find adequate solutions for this disturbing situation.
Welcome to LawInSport’s weekly News Roundup. We have curated the top ten news pieces from around the world of sport. For further updates, please visit our news section.
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Footballers in Australia’s A-League and W-League will enjoy continued investment and improved conditions across both competitions under a ground-breaking deal to drive up playing standards in these elite leagues.
Child safety must be embedded in every Australian sporting organisation’s culture and understood and implemented at all levels of the sport, says Sport Integrity Australia’s CEO David Sharpe.
The current political and security situation in Guinea is quite volatile and is being closely monitored by FIFA and CAF. To ensure the safety and security of all players and to protect all match officials, FIFA and CAF have decided to postpone the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying match Guinea vs. Morocco, which had scheduled to be hosted in Conakry, Guinea, on Monday 6 September.
The Swimming Australia Board agreed yesterday to work towards adopting the National Integrity Framework (NIF), including the operation of an independent complaints handling process to be managed by Sport Integrity Australia.
- Participation is one of the three core pillars of World Rugby’s strategic plan launched in April
- Plan is focused on empowering the 128 member unions and six regions by increasing their capacity and capability
- Ambition to increase the total global playing population to over 10 million by 2025
- In line with strategic commitment to grow the women’s game, this plan aims to increase active female players by a further 10 per cent
- Successful Get into Rugby and Impact Beyond programmes to be expanded
MEDICATIONS THAT ATHLETES USE, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THEY ARE PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER OR RECEIVED WITH A PRESCRIPTION FROM A DOCTOR, MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE PROHIBITED IN SPORT. THESE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES (AND METHODS) ARE LISTED OUT IN A DOCUMENT CALLED THE PROHIBITED LIST. IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT ATHLETES AND THEIR SUPPORT PERSONNEL UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT SUBSTANCES ARE PERMITTED, IN WHAT DOSAGE AND UNDER WHICH CONDITIONS. REMEMBER, THE PRINCIPLE OF STRICT LIABILITY MEANS THAT ATHLETES ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT THEY INGEST. TO HELP ATHLETES AND ATHLETE SUPPORT PERSONNEL SAFELY NAVIGATE THIS PART OF THE ANTI-DOPING SYSTEM, WE HAVE PREPARED THIS ARTICLE WITH BRIEF EXPLANATIONS OF KEY TERMS, USEFUL TIPS AND RESOURCES.
We are delighted to share the following Road to Equality press release from the Association of the Italian Professional Cyclists ACCPI.
A small group of Afghan women cyclists has managed to reach Italy on board a C-130 of the Italian Air Force that landed at Fiumicino (Rome) on 27th August. Six athletes are currently observing the required quarantine, alongside a male athlete and several family members. Joy, but also concern about those who are haven’t yet been able to leave Afghanistan.
- In July 2019 Álvaro Dionisio arrived in Portugal from Argentina, excited at developing his career but after a year he had still not been paid
- He remained confined to a house for months, with no money, along with about 10 other footballers in the same situation
- With the help of the Portuguese player union SJPF he decided to take legal action against the club that brought him to Europe
- Former players, current players and a specific focus on the women’s game at the heart of six-point action plan developed by the game, for the game
- World Rugby to continue to engage, listen and consult to secure the future growth of the game – everyone in the game will have a say and role to play
- First series of initiatives include new global law trials with a continued focus on player welfare, introduced from 1 August; and the introduction of Independent Concussion Consultants to support the elite game’s Graduated Return to Play protocols
- World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont addresses rugby family in open letter
- Portuguese player union is working with the national government and football federation to fight trafficking of footballers.
- Fake agents or scouts routinely trick semi-professional or amateur players into travelling to Europe only to find humiliating conditions
- The player union SJPF is seeking much stricter legislation to punish scammers
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has successfully completed its pre-Games testing program prior to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. We would like to wish all members of Team Canada good luck and we hope the Games are a safe and healthy experience for everyone.
The athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 have elected Pau Gasol, Maja Włoszczowska, Federica Pellegrini and Yuki Ota to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission (AC), for a term ending at the Olympic Games LA28. The newly elected members join the Commission to represent the athlete voice within the Olympic Movement.
Ahead of the weekend’s opening round of League fixtures, the EFL is reaffirming its support to any player(s) and staff who wish to take the knee during the 2021/22 season
More than two years after its last continental meeting, FIFPRO Africa held its 2021 congress on Tuesday 27 July in Accra, with the participants physically present. The reunion was marked by the approval of its new articles of association.
All NFL Players and Clubs Will Now Have the Ability To Anonymously, and Safely Report Any Violations or Player Health Concerns For The First Time
FIFPRO wants to remind clubs and professional football players that it is prohibited to exclude players from the first team through coercive methods.
Recognising that sports coverage is very influential in shaping gender norms and stereotypes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) published ahead of Tokyo 2020 a new edition of its Portrayal Guidelines to raise awareness and call for gender-equal and fair representation of sportspeople across all forms of media and communication.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has confirmed that all athlete protests are banned from the podium and pool deck during the Tokyo Olympics.
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The following statement of the World Triathlon’s Athlete Committee has been shared with all the participant National Federations, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the IOC Athlete’s Commission. It has been requested by the Committee to make it public on our website.
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib has become the NFL's first active openly gay player.
EU Athletes reiterates that athletes have the same fundamental rights as every other person, citizen and worker. These rights are guaranteed by national and European laws, as well as internationally recognised human rights instruments and standards. They cannot be restricted or redefined by sport organisations.