Ethics and sport in Europe (2011)
Defending ethics in sport is vital in order to combat the problems of corruption, violence, drugs, extremism and other forms of discrimination it is currently facing. Sport reflects nothing more and nothing less than the societies in which it takes place. However, if sport is to continue to bring benefits for individuals and societies, it cannot afford to neglect its ethical values or ignore these scourges.The major role of the Council of Europe and the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) in addressing the new challenges to sports ethics was confirmed by the 11th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, held in Athens on 11 and 12 December 2008. A political impetus was given on 16 June 2010 by the Committee of Ministers, with the adoption of an updated version of the Code of Sports Ethics (Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)9), emphasising the requisite co-ordination between governments and sports organisations.The EPAS prepared the ministerial conference and stepped up its work in an international conference organised with the University of Rennes, which was attended by political leaders, athletes, researchers and officials from the voluntary sector. The key experiences described in the conference and the thoughts that it prompted are described in this publication. All the writers share the concern that the end result should be practical action - particularly in terms of the setting of standards - that falls within the remit of the EPAS and promotes the Council of Europe's core values.
Ethics and sport in Europe
Chapter 1 - Ethics in sport: historical and philosophical context
Historical and philosophical background
Philosophy, ethics and sport
Historical and philosophical foundations of sports ethics
Sport: a model of anti-ethical practice
Might God be watching when we run?
Which agencies promote sports ethics?
Chapter 2 - New challenges to ethics in sport
Amber light for the yellow ball: when betting undermines tennis
Defence and promotion of ethics in sport
The top-level athlete's dilemma: to dope or not to dope?
Business and sport as allies for ethical reasons
The ethics of responsibility in the management of high-level athletes (HLAs) in France
Human rights, discrimination and extremism: new challenges to ethics in sport
Ethics and sports in Europe: the media challenge
Teaching boxing to mentally and physically disabled people: which practices for which ethics?
Safeguarding the integrity of sport: the case for an international body
Recommendations for an ethical physical activity programme with underserved youth
Ethics in sport - current and future challenges
Resolution on ethics in sport (Adopted by the 11th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport, Athens, Greece, 10-12 December 2008)
Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)9 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the revised Code of Sports Ethics (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 6 June 2010, at the 1088th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)