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How should sports governance be updated to tackle racism and increase BAME involvement in sports?

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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 article specifically looks at:

  • Where do imbalances exist within sport?
  • The Sports Governance Code revisited
  • Commonwealth Games leadership review
  • What progress has been achieved to date?
  • Are there any steps that can be achieved easily?
  • Should the IOC revisit their guidelines which ban protests at Olympic Games? 
  • How should fines and punishments for racist abuse be handled in sport?

How should sports governance be updated to tackle racism and increase BAME involvement in sports?

The death of George Floyd and the ensuing Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests which took place across the world this summer, have started a conversation as to whether sufficient progress has been made to address racism within society in general and sport in particular. The debate has considered a number of questions including, how as a society we need to change to enhance our commitment to anti-racism, diversity and inclusion. In addition, what specific action needs to be taken now to address this.

Following the protests, a number of people involved in sport, including athletes and players, reflected on their own experiences of racism and other forms of discrimination. Sports organisations including governing bodies, clubs, teams and others made public statements that racism within sport was unacceptable; expressing solidarity with the BLM movement, and making a commitment to review the representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people at all levels of sport.

The original article can be found here.

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