FIFA To Host Global Sports Ethics Conference

FBL-WC-2014-BRAZIL-PRESSERFIFA has revealed it will host the first ever World Summit on Ethics in Sports, which will be opened by President Sepp Blatter, at its Zurich headquarters next month.

Global figures from across a number of sectors, including politics, business, academia and non-Governmental organisations, will gather in the Swiss city on September 19 to discuss sport’s role in solving societal problems, while highlighting examples of best practice.

German former footballer and current Fulham manager Felix Magath, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and multiple Olympic swimming medallist Gustavo Borges of Brazil are already confirmed to attend the conference, along with FIFA’s chief medical officer Jiri Dvorak, Independent Ethics Committee officials Hans Joachim-Eckert and Michael J Garcia, security director Ralf Mutschke and Fair Play Ambassador Simone Farina.

Speakers will give a number of keynote addresses to participants and “propose a substantial agenda for action”, while an hour-long panel discussion will see leading sports personalities debating the role of sports. “Ethics and integrity are essential in the world of sport and are topics that have continued to gain importance for FIFA and the football community in recent years,” Blatter said.

“We therefore welcome the opportunity to host this special summit and look forward to a fruitful debate among international experts on these important topics.”

The World Summit on Ethics in Sports will feature the 2014 Ethics in Sports Awards, recognising an outstanding individual and organisation that have demonstrated the importance of human values and ethics in life and in the sporting arena.

The news of the conference comes at a time when FIFA is facing allegations of corruption over its awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

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