Sporting Events

In the next two years, the world will experience a mega-sporting event season like no other, with two Olympics, two World Cups, and a host of other competitions that have the potential to either elevate or trample internationally recognized human rights.

Explore our latest research and analysis on the world’s biggest sporting events and the athletes, fans, and communities impacted by them.

New Year’s Revolution: Why 2022 will be a Wake-up Call for the World of Sport

The year 2022 will bring not one, not two, but three mega-sporting events in countries with problematic human rights records: the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, and the 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup in Qatar. The idea that sport can and should remain politically […]

Image shows pink and gold background with quote from press release: "The Army of Survivors is particularly encouraged by the non-monetary terms in the settlement, which include board seats for survivors and enhanced policies around abuse in the sport. Policy reform has long been a request of survivors to ensure no child athlete has to suffer abuse again."

TAOS Statement on $380 Million Survivors Settlement with USAG & USOPC

Following today’s announcement of the $380 million settlement between USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and hundreds of survivors, The Army of Survivors has issued the following statement. As a non-profit organization founded by survivors of Larry Nassar, we are pleased that this long and dark chapter has come to an end, and […]

Olympics: Protect Peng Shuai

Sport & Rights Alliance Calls on the IOC To Put People Before Partnerships (Nyon, Switzerland, December 1, 2021) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) should immediately stop supporting China’s strategy of suppression and start prioritizing protecting athletes and upholding its human rights obligations, the Sport & Rights Alliance said today. The process of developing an […]

TAOS Expresses Support and Concern for Olympian Peng Shuai

The Army of Survivors would like to extend support to Chinese tennis Olympian Peng Shuai, who recently went missing after publicly stating she was sexually assaulted by former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.  We are pleased to see Peng alive this weekend in a video call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, though we are not yet […]

World Players: IOC’s Call with Peng Shuai Exacerbates Alarm, Special Delegation Needed

In the wake of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai’s call with International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, the World Players Association has released the following statement: The World Players Association repeats its call for the urgent establishment of a special delegation of international organizations and human rights experts to meet with Peng Shuai in order […]

World Players Association Statement on Peng Shuai

The global player association movement is deeply concerned for the health and safety of Peng Shuai. Players who speak out are frequently targeted and left exposed to harm and abuse without protection or support, and that must end. The global sport community including the International Olympic Committee has a responsibility to exercise its significant leverage […]