ENGSO at the Play the Game Conference
Play the Game is an organisation that aims to strengthen the ethical foundation of sport and promote democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in sport. Its tenth conference was held between 26 and 30 November in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and two representatives of ENGSO were there: Our Office Director, Marie Denitton and one of the Committee Members of ENGSO Youth, Bence Garamvölgyi.
Play the Game conference has become a big event as its conference united over 400 participants from the sport sector; sports officials, academia and journalists among others. They contributed to the discussions with their knowledge, experience and opinions on the key topics of the event.
The main focus of the conference were issues of sport integrity, such as good governance in sport and anti-doping. One of the sessions addressed the topic of sport’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and the role of the Kazan Action plan in this regard.
With the participation of the European Commission’s cabinet member, one session highlighted the achievements of the EU’s sport policy in the past ten years. The need for increased cooperation of different sectors – as education, culture, health, youth and research - was emphasised as there is still a lot of place for improvement.
Following the #metoo campaign, the conference also addressed the topic of sexual abuse in sport. Some former athletes gave their testimonies and the topic was discussed in a panel.
Poul Broberg, Director of Public Affairs in the National Olympic Committe and Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), - an ENGSO member - was one of the speakers in a seminar about federations on the inside, pointing out the current problems and recent progress. Mr. Broberg talked about the Global Sports Political Power Index, a tool that provides a picture of how Denmark performs in relation to other countries at the international arena, and also identifies which nations DIF ought to cooperate with.
If you are further interested in the conference topics and presentations, visit the conference website.