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Sport & democracy webinar
On 15 March 2023, sportanddev hosted a webinar on the topic of “Sport and Democracy”.

The webinar was part of sportanddev’s spotlight on this topic, which also included a call for articles, published articles, and an upcoming website page. With support from the Swedish Postcode Foundation, sportanddev’s spotlight aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of the topic, and to increase debate and dialogue.

Spotlight results to date:

  • The call for articles attracted 40 submissions, which were ultimately published, from authors representing 25 countries from six continents. 
  • The global webinar received 259 registrations and included four expert panelists representing four unique countries (Ghana, Brazil, South Korea, and USA).

Questions addressed in the call for articles and the webinar included:

  • How can sport promote the development of inclusive, democratic societies?
  • How can we democratise the sport for development sector?
  • What is the link between sport, human rights, and good governance?
  • How can we dismantle the unequal power structures that often redistribute sport for development resources to the Global North, over the Global South?

Webinar information:

  • A recording of the webinar is available here.
  • Presentation slides from the webinar are available here.

The webinar was moderated by Erika Mueller Chen and heard from the following expert panelists:

Andrea Florence - Sport & Rights Alliance, Brazil

Presentation: “Teaming up to raise the bar for sport and human rights”

Andrea Florence is a Brazilian feminist, campaigner and international human rights lawyer dedicated to movement building. As the Director of the Sport & Rights Alliance, Andrea is responsible for ensuring the combined strength, representation and expertise of global civil society and trade union organizations working to advance human rights in world sport are harnessed, organized and amplified. Previously, Andrea led World Players Association's Census of Athlete Rights Experience (CARE), the first global study to look at elite athletes' experiences as children in sport. Andrea has also spearheaded global human rights actions as Campaigns Coordinator at Amnesty International Brazil and supported uncovering child abuse in sport during the Children Win campaign at Terre des Hommes International Federation.

Frank Appiah Kusi - School of Sports and Exercise Medicine at the University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana

Presentation: “Sport and democracy: A conjunct approach” (Spotlight Article)

Frank Appiah Kusi is an Assistant Lecturer in Sport Management at the School of Sports and Exercise Medicine of University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana. He is currently a PhD student specializing in Sport Marketing at the Graduate School of Business and Management of Philippine Christian University, Manila. Frank is the country Rep for Africa Sports Management Association, and an advocate for sport heroes inclusion in sport governance.

Sang Eun Lee - IOC Young Leader, South Korea

Presentation: “The power of good governance & democracy in sport for good”

Sang Eun is a International Olympic Committee Young Leader, a former short track and speed skating athlete, and her current major sport is ice hockey. She was a professional assistant and team host in charge of the Women’s Ice Hockey games in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and is currently studying international law. She is passionate about advocating for those who are displaced due to inequality and founded her own sports business project The Dream League, which empowers girls and women through ice hockey in Korea.

Eli A. Wolff - Power of Sport Lab, USA

Presentation: Amplifying democracy in and through sport (Spotlight Article)

Eli A. Wolff directs the Power of Sport Lab, a platform to fuel and magnify creativity, diversity, connection, and leadership through sport. Eli’s work has been at the intersection of research, education and advocacy in and through sport, with a focus on sport and social justice, diversity and inclusion. Eli serves as a co-organizer for the Athletes and Social Change forum with the Muhammad Ali Center, and he is an instructor with the Sport Management program at the University of Connecticut. He is also a co-founder and advisor to Sport and Society initiatives at Brown University. Eli was a member of the United States Soccer Team in the 1996 and 2004 Paralympic Games. Eli is a graduate of Brown University and has an MA in Olympic Studies from the German Sport University of Cologne.

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