Is sport fair? Cheating in sport explored in public seminar

Posted by es328 at Apr 11, 2017 10:58 AM |
Panel of leading sporting figures will debate a number of issues in sport at University of Leicester event on 20 April

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 11 April 2017

The University of Leicester will host an international seminar which explores fairness in sport on Thursday 20 April.

A panel of professional and local sports leaders will debate whether professional sport is in crisis following widespread claims of cheating and a lack of role models for young people.

The seminar will also explore concerns over the treatment of officials in local sport and how much the behaviour of professionals influences amateurs and young people.

Exploring these issues and suggesting ways to ensure progress in sport, an expert panel of guests involved in an array of sports, including rugby, football, cricket and basketball, has been formed.

The panel includes:

  • Matt Elliott, former Leicester City and Scotland defender
  • Wasim Karim, CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club
  • George Chuter, former hooker for Leicester Tigers and England.
  • Rob Paternostro, head coach for Leicester Riders basketball team
  • Joslyn Hoyte-Smith, ex-400 metre runner and Olympic bronze medallist
  • Arun Kang, CEO of Sporting Equals, who actively promote greater involvement in sport and physical activity by disadvantaged communities particularly the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) population

The seminar is a free event organised under the European ERASMUS programme by the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE) at the University of Leicester.

John Williams, from the School of Media, Communication and Sociology at the University of Leicester and Co-Director of DICE, said: 'We all worry about the pressures to win in top level sport and they ways in which these might conflict with ethical codes about playing fairly. But are all sports the same? Do different pressures apply to individual sports? Are there national differences in play here? And finally how can we ensure that young people choose sporting role models that are appropriate and celebrate the game - and not just winning at all costs.

“Here is your chance to question people at the sharp end of professional sport. This European event is sponsored by the ERASMUS programme and it will address these questions and more. Please come along and take part.”

This free public event is open to all and will take place in Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2, University of Leicester campus, between 6pm-7:30pm on Thursday 20 April 2017.

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