An assessment of the Council of Europe’s recommendations on the promotion of good governance in sport

Published 04 February 2019 By: Leigh Thompson

Council of Europe

On 12 December 2018 the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers issued a set of recommendations for member states on the promotion of good governance in sport.1 The recommendations set out a range of actions Council of Europe member state governments are encouraged to take to improve sports governance – both domestically and internationally – with a particular focus on tackling corruption.

This article examines:

  • The role and significance of the Council of Europe (CoE) as an international entity;

  • The role and activities of the CoE in the field of sport;

  • The Committee of Ministers recommendations on the promotion of good governance in sport and;

  • The wider implications of the recommendations for the future governance of sport.


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Leigh Thompson

Leigh Thompson

Leigh is a Policy Adviser at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport in the UK.

His main areas of focus include sports betting integrity – principally providing support to the Sports Betting Group – as well as broadcasting, tax and fiscal policy and EU sports policy. He has a background in policy and regulation having held similar posts in other sectors prior to joining the Alliance.

Leigh holds degrees in Economics and Public Policy and recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Law. He has a keen interest in the legal and regulatory aspects of sport.

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