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Athlete Groups and Anti-Doping Leaders join forces to call for further reforms of WADA


Athlete representatives from 14 countries join forces with 14 leading National Anti-Doping Organizations (NADOs) to collectively call on meaningful reform at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). As individual organisations, we have repeatedly submitted formal proposals for change. Now we speak collectively to elevate our call for more independence, transparency, and accountability at WADA.

Covid-19, another reason to give athletes a seat at the table in anti-doping


A few days ago, the German Sport University in Cologne presented the results of a survey that demonstrated the financial impact that Covid-19 has had on elite German athletes. The research team showed that on average, German Olympic and Paralympic athletes have lost 25% of their regular income since the begin of the pandemic. One can only assume that athletes worldwide are facing similar impacts and the situation is expected to worsen next year.

FIFPRO statement: emergency period workload risks player health


FIFPRO notes the accumulated workload for players in the first quarter of European football’s 2020-2021 season and the mental and physical burden they are facing until 2022. The current handling of the match calendar during this emergency period lacks sufficient considerations for their health, well-being and performance and requires an urgent and ongoing revision by competition organisers.

IPC to create and support Refugee Paralympic Team at Tokyo

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has confirmed plans to send up to six athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as part of a Refugee Paralympic Team (RPT). The IPC will work with its commercial partners and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to create awareness of the plight faced by refugee athletes and send a message of hope to the almost 80 million forcibly displaced worldwide.

Second meeting of Concussion Expert Group recommends trials of additional permanent substitutions


Constructive discussions and recommendations concluded today’s second meeting of the Concussion Expert Group (CEG), consisting of medical concussion experts, team doctors, player representatives, coaches, competition organisers and refereeing and Laws of the Game experts. The meeting was chaired by Jonathan Ford, the Chief Executive of the Football Association of Wales and a member of The IFAB Board of Directors.

The future of athletes in the decision-making process in sport to be discussed at the LawInSport 6th Annual Conference 2020

The future of athletes in the decision-making process in sport to be discussed at the LawInSport 6th Annual Conference 2020

The future of athletes in the decision-making process in sport panel takes place on 12 November 2020 at 2pm GMT/9am EST.  The panel will discuss athlete activism and empowerment, looking at what the future role of athletes in decision-making processes looks like.  Athletes' views have often been a second or tertiary consideration, particularly where it’s not mandated via a collective-bargaining agreement.  But have recent global events including the black lives matter movement and campaigns against the IOC’s Rule 50 started to change the status quo?

Statement: AFC Champions League in Qatar


FIFPRO is disappointed and concerned by the lack of consultation of professional footballers in the scheduling of the AFC Champions League in Qatar and the planning of COVID-19 protocols. These matters have implications for their mental and physical health as well as their participation in domestic leagues.

AFC strengthens Safeguarding commitment in landmark webinar


Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) ambitions to ensure the highest standards of Safeguarding and the protection of children and young people across the Continent marked a landmark step forward today with the launch of the ground-breaking AFC-FIFA Safeguarding Orientation Webinar.


Board of Appeal of Classification adds two new members


The Board of Appeal of Classification (BAC) – the independent body that considers, and where deemed appropriate, conducts hearings regarding athlete classification appeals – has added Jennifer Oghenewaire from Nigeria and Felipe Cárdenas from Colombia to its panel of members.

FIFPRO publishes covid-19 recovery recommendations


FIFPRO is today publishing a set of recommendations to rebuild and strengthen the professional football industry during the pandemic, at the same time as protecting jobs, careers and the wellbeing of players.