FIFPRO is campaigning to alert professional footballers to the danger of fake agents and scammers in the game.
The decisions made on 1 October by the Bureau of the FIFA Council, which will see emergency measures relating to the release of players for upcoming national team matches extended, provide comfort to players and releasing clubs but reiterate the need for heightened stakeholder awareness and further considerations in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
If passion and raw enthusiasm for growing women’s football is any gauge, then the Pacific is set to richly benefit from Emma Evans. Appointed as OFC’s Women’s Football Development Officer in early 2019, Evans has set about developing the women’s game right across the Pacific from the ground up.
Black History Month offers us an opportunity to reflect on one of the most crucial societal issues of our time.
Safeguarding and gender-balanced media portrayal in sport promoted in concluding sessions of IOC’s gender equality webinar series
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held its final two gender equality webinars for International Federations (IFs), focusing on the importance of gender-balanced portrayal in sport, as well as the development and implementation of safeguarding policies.
On 08 July 2020, The FA received a formal complaint from Wycombe Wanderers FC (WWFC) in relation to a potentially discriminatory comment made by a member of Fleetwood Town FC (FTFC) during the clubs’ EFL League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg on 06 July 2020. It was alleged that the member of FTFC had referred to a WWFC player as a “fat water buffalo”.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) partner Procter & Gamble (P&) has launched an initiative that awards 52 grants worth USD 10,000 (EUR 8,452) each to support an athlete’s charitable cause and help advance their work in the community.
Bosnian player union SPFBiH came to the rescue when an owner left a prominent club and its players in serious problems. The union managed to safe a significant part of players’ salaries, supported new ownership for the club and helped change disciplinary regulations.
Former Australian Rules football player Shaun Smith has been awarded A$1.4m as an insurance pay-out for brain damage that was suffered as a result from repeated concussion sustained in matches.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) are to sign a historic Co-operation Agreement to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and jointly commit to use Para sport as a vehicle to drive the human rights agenda forward.
The World Players Association is deeply dismayed and saddened by the execution of champion wrestler, Navid Afkari, from Iran.
As a result of the challenges posed by COVID-19, a one-year arrangement has been reached with the players accepting a 25% reduction in remuneration compared to the previous year.
UKAD is today launching a six-week public consultation regarding proposed changes to the public disclosure of the identity of athletes (or others) who are being investigated for potential anti-doping rule violations (ADRV).
The World Players Association calls on the head of the Iranian judiciary to grant an immediate stay of execution to Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari, who faces the death penalty tomorrow.
Following a Brazilian Football Confederation announcement that men and women national team players will receive the same pay for a senior cap, the FA revealed that England’s men and women had been paid the same match fee since January.
Wheelchair basketball athletes request that the IPC allows formerly eligible athletes to compete at Tokyo Paralympics
Wheelchair basketball athletes from 10 of the 14 qualified countries for the Tokyo Paralympics have called on the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to allow formerly eligible athletes to compete at the games.
One day after player boycotts in support of racial justice shook the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and MLB, Brendan Schwab, Executive Director of World Players Association, issued the following statement :
Esports tournament organiser Blast has announced it has ended its controversial partnership with Saudi Arabian city Neom
Danish based esports tournament organiser Blast has announced that it has ended its controversial partnership with Saudi Arabian city Neom following backlash from fans, teams and broadcasters.
This Saturday, 8 August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) joins the celebrations for Safer Sport Day, championed by the International Safeguards for Children in Sport Initiative, a coalition of more than 60 organisations working together to make sport safer, in which the IOC is represented on the advisory board.
The American Player Malik Hairston filed a claim against the Greek Club AEK Athens BC for outstanding salaries, reimbursement of a visa fine, agent fees, penalties and interest.
FIFPRO welcomes the ruling to dismiss the appeal of Keramuddin Karim, the former president of the Afghanistan Football Federation who misused his position to sexually harass and abuse female players.
EU Athletes share serious concerns expressed by the international community regarding the situation in Belarus. We stand in solidarity with nearly 700 athletes and other persons from Belarusian sport who have called for, among others, new elections, end to police violence and assistance to all victims of illegal actions of the regime in their open letter. The Free Union of Athletes has become a source of inspiration for the protests, despite the risks for their profesional and personal situations and safety.
Using SportsCastr’s studio-quality remote broadcasting platform, the NBPA’s Broadcaster U. Virtual Game Call Program will give players a unique opportunity to gain experience in TV color commentary and broadcasting, regardless of their location
I announced the creation of the Football Leadership Diversity Code back in June following the death of George Floyd and the consequent unanimous support from English football of the message that Black Lives Matter.
Changes introduced by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in relation to certain sports supplements is good news for Australian athletes.
The 14 members have been named for Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s Commission which has vowed to increase the diversity in motor racing.
The purpose of this biweekly update is to keep everyone within the Paralympic Movement informed of the latest developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to the Paralympic Games and Para sport.
On National Voter Registration Day, the National Women’s Hockey League and the NWHL Players’ Association have unveiled “NWHL Votes” – a league-wide, non-partisan initiative to inspire fans, staff, players, and everyone in the close-knit hockey community to register to vote and to participate in the upcoming elections on November 3.
The European Commission launched its new Anti-Racism Action Plan in Belgium on Friday with the support of FIFA. Unveiled during a local girls’ team’s training session at the Sippelberg Stadium in Molenbeek, the action plan outlines how the Commission plans to readdress inequalities in European society.
The WADA Executive Committee has approved a more athlete-friendly 2021 Prohibited List as well as paving the way for further governance reforms.
SR panel member Kwadjo Adjepong writes on how sports governance should be updated to tackle racism and increase BAME involvement in sports in light of the Black Lives Matter protests which took place this summer.
The execution of wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran is very sad news. The IOC is shocked by this announcement today. In letters, Thomas Bach, the IOC President, had made direct personal appeals to the Supreme Leader and to the President of Iran this week and asked for mercy for Navid Afkari, while respecting the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The World Players Association today applauded the courage of South African athlete Caster Semenya, who has failed in her two-year legal battle for the right to compete as the woman she is in events in which she is an Olympic and World Champion.
Bristol Bears' Siale Piutau appeared before an online independent disciplinary panel on Thursday 10 September. He appealed his three match suspension, which was given for punching or striking Worcester Warriors' Andrew Kitchener contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.
Kitchener was shown a red card by referee Wayne Barnes in the 79th minute of the match between Worcester Warriors and Bristol Bears on Friday 4 September 2020. Piutau was cited by independent citing commissioner Tony Diprose following the same match. In both cases this was for punching or striking, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.12.
International Anti-Doping Leaders stand with athlete community in calling on WADA to go further and faster with meaningful anti-doping reform
Global anti-doping leaders recognise steps for reform made by new WADA President, and hope to partner with WADA leaders to align with athletes by going “further and faster” for an independent and strong WADA
The NBA, WNBA, MLB and MLS have all postponed games after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their playoff game against the Orlando Magic in protest against the shooting of Jacob Blake.
A study has revealed that the use of homophobic language is drastically reduced at sporting clubs which take part in pride games.
The COVID-19 pandemic required changes to this season and next agreed by the PGB to cover Premiership and England matches. The player welfare initiatives will be under constant review and monitored weekly.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes' Council has launched an online portal for athletes to register and take part in a consultation on athlete protests at the Paralympic Games.
IOC President Thomas Bach and the President of the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and IOC Member, Yamashita Yasuhiro, held a telephone conference last week to address measures to eradicate harassment and abuse in Japanese sport. Both Presidents stressed the determination of their organisations to fight against any form of abuse.
Former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages has been sentenced to serve jail time after she lied to police during the investigation into Larry Nassar’s abuse.
The Rwanda Cricket Association, in partnership with Cricket Builds Hope, has been recognised for a unique women's empowerment programme.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council is to launch a consultation exercise with the global Para athlete community to gather a better understanding on ways athletes could express their views on key subjects at the Paralympic Games, while respecting the Paralympic Movement’s values and principles.