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Sport Integrity: From Europe to address a Global Issue


Save the Dream co-hosted an event titled “Sport Integrity: From Europe to address a global issue” at the European Parliament in Brussels in December 2013, with the support of the Council of Europe, the International Centre for Sport Security and the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne.

Opened by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth, the event presented an overview of European initiatives aimed at preventing sport results manipulation, in view of the growing threat it poses for sport, particularly in countries of the region. It also sought to identify concrete efforts and initiatives to promote sport integrity values to the youth of Europe and the world in order to protect the innocence of the youngest, those who look to sport as something clean and as an opportunity to become champions in life.

Save the Dream ambassador Giusy Versace spoke movingly about the transformative role that sport had played in her own life, underlining the power of sport as a catalyst for personal growth, inclusiveness, education and social change. Gabriella Bossman from ThinkYoung, a youth organization, offered a reflection on the important life skills that young people acquire through the practice of sport.

An Event Report including keynote speeches and a paper authored by graduate students of the Professional Master Degree in Sports Law at the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne is available online.