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Player Associations Unite Behind Roar Room For Gender Equity In Sport

Player Associations Unite Behind Roar Room For Gender Equity In Sport

Despite some positive advances, gender equity in sport remains a distant reality for thousands of women players globally. Player associations from around the world, under the umbrella of the ‘Roar Room’ initiative led by the World Players Association (WPA), are now coming together to lead a movement for change and achieve a better future for […]

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FIFA: No Remedy for Qatar Migrant Worker Abuses

FIFA: No Remedy for Qatar Migrant Worker Abuses

A Year Later, Lack of Action Still Haunts Abused Workers (Beirut) – FIFA and Qatar have failed in the past year to remedy abuses of migrant workers who made the 2022 Qatar World Cup possible, including families of thousands of migrant workers who died of unexplained causes, Human Rights Watch said today. The 2022 World Cup tournament may be […]

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Qatar: Inaction by Qatar and FIFA a year on from the World Cup puts legacy for workers in peril

Qatar: Inaction by Qatar and FIFA a year on from the World Cup puts legacy for workers in peril

Qatar’s continuing failure to remedy abuses faced by migrant workers and adequately protect them from labour exploitation is tainting the legacy of the FIFA men’s World Cup one year on, Amnesty International said today. A new briefing, A Legacy in Jeopardy, shows that progress towards improving workers’ rights has largely stalled since the tournament ended, while remedy […]

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Rights At Risk As Saudi Arabia ‘Sole Bidder’ To Host 2034 World Cup

Rights At Risk As Saudi Arabia ‘Sole Bidder’ To Host 2034 World Cup

In 2013, then-FIFA secretary general Jérôme Valcke gave a press conference in which he clarified FIFA’s strategy for choosing World Cup hosts: “I will say something which is crazy, but less democracy is sometimes better for organizing a World Cup. …When you have a very strong head of state who can decide, as maybe Putin can do […]

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Athlete Ally Statement on 2030 and 2034 FIFA World Cup Concerns

Athlete Ally Statement on 2030 and 2034 FIFA World Cup Concerns

Athlete Ally responded today to news that Saudi Arabia is now the sole bidder for the 2034 FIFA Men’s World Cup. This follows news that a joint bid from Morocco, Portugal and Spain is the only one being considered for the 2030 Men’s World Cup.  FIFA’s Human Rights Policy, adopted in 2017, outlines its responsibility to identify and address adverse […]

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FIFA Broke Own Human Rights Rules for World Cup Hosts

FIFA Broke Own Human Rights Rules for World Cup Hosts

Saudi Arabia Shouldn’t be Rewarded for Its Repression (New York) – Global soccer governing body FIFA has broken its own human rights rules in announcing a plan for hosting the next two men’s World Cups that effectively eliminates bidding and human rights due diligence, Human Rights Watch said today. On October 4, FIFA announced that the 2030 World Cup will take place in Morocco, Portugal, […]

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2030 & 2034: It’s The End Of The World Cup As We Know It

2030 & 2034: It’s The End Of The World Cup As We Know It

FIFA continues its cycle of destruction against the greatest tournament on earth.   FIFA has encouraged two rival bids for the 2030 and 2034 World Cups, South America (Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina) and Europe & Africa (Spain, Portugal and Morocco), to combine into one bid for 2030. In doing so, FIFA narrowed down the confederations eligible […]

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Olympics: Human Rights Amendments Should Be Implemented Without Exceptions

Olympics: Human Rights Amendments Should Be Implemented Without Exceptions

IOC Set to Vote on Proposed Changes to Olympic Charter (Nyon, Switzerland, 9 October 2023) – After years of public pressure and internal deliberations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is set to adopt amendments to the Olympic Charter in the coming days that include potentially game-changing references to internationally recognized human rights, the Sport & […]

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Olympic Committee’s Rights Commitments Tested in India

Olympic Committee’s Rights Commitments Tested in India

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is holding its 140th annual session from October 15 to 17 in Mumbai, India, where the government is expected to announce its bid to host the 2036 Summer Olympic Games in the western state of Gujarat. India has never hosted the Olympics and the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes that now is […]

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TAOS Extends Support To Jenni Hermoso, Spain’s Women’s National Football Team

TAOS Extends Support To Jenni Hermoso, Spain’s Women’s National Football Team

Michigan (Sept 6, 2023) -The Army of Survivors stands with and supports Jenni Hermoso and Spain’s Women’s National Football Team. The ongoing mistreatment by Luis Rubiales, Jorge Vilda, and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) prior to and following the public harassment of Hermoso following Spain’s Women’s World Cup win on August 20, 2023 demonstrates a […]

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