Children in Sports

Mali: Basketball Federation Covers Up Sexual Assault of Girls

(June 14, 2021) – Players from Mali’s Under-18 girls’ national basketball team have reported sexual abuse by the head coach, but the Mali Basketball Federation has failed to act on their reports, Human Rights Watch said today. Malian law enforcement should credibly and impartially investigate the allegations and protect those who reported the abuse from retaliation. Amadou Bamba, […]

First Global Study of Elite Athletes’ Experiences as Children Documents Systemic Abuse, Shows Urgent Need for Reform

(Nyon, May 11, 2021) – In the first global study to look at elite athletes’ experiences in sport as children, more than half reported having suffered emotional abuse at least once, the World Players Association said in a new report released today at the 4th World Players’ Development Conference. The two-year project highlighting athletes’ testimonies of lasting legacies of abuse […]

Japan: Child Abuse in Pursuit of Olympic Medals

Host of 2021 Summer Games Should Undertake Urgent Systemic Reforms (Tokyo) – Child athletes in Japan suffer physical, sexual, and verbal abuse when training for sport, Human Rights Watch said in a new report, released today, that documents depression, suicides, physical disabilities, and lifelong trauma resulting from the abuse. Japan will host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics beginning July […]

Child Abuse in Sports

Project CARE (Census of Athlete Rights Experiences) aims to ensure that the rights of child athletes are respected throughout world sport. The project is a collaboration between World Players Association, its affiliates and Loughborough University.  WE BELIEVE THAT PLAYERS ARE PEOPLE FIRST AND ATHLETES SECOND.LIKEWISE, CHILD ATHLETES ARE CHILDREN FIRST, ATHLETES SECOND. During the months of December 2019 – […]