Dear colleagues

For more than 20 years, Play the Game has been the leading international platform for giving exposure to investigative sports journalism, and for creating networks between reporters, whistleblowers, academics, sports officials, and other stakeholders with an interest in a more democratic and transparent sports world.

From 13-16 October, Play the Game 2019 will be held in Colorado Springs with the subtitle Athlete power on the rise.

Thanks to generous support from the Norwegian Union of Journalists and the Danish Union of Journalists, Play the Game will once again be able to offer a limited number of grants for media professionals to attend the conference. Grants are available for journalists from less privileged countries and subsidies will primarily go to people from low income countries, but applicants from middle income countries may also be considered.

The conference offers four days of fact-based debates about the most vital issues on world sport and the conference themes include:

  *   Sports governance: Tracking the voice of the athletes
  *   Anti-doping: Can the confidence crisis be overcome?
  *   Corruption and crime in sport: Too big to tackle?
  *   Children at risk: Protecting athletes against abuse
  *   Breaking monopolies: Can anybody own a sport?
  *   Rethinking sport and physical activity: Time to play again?
  *   Breaking news or faking news: The industry of integrity

Abstract/storyline submission is still open for all investigative journalists, and Play the Game invites you to submit your storyline as soon as possible if you wish to share your stories with some of the best colleagues in the world.

We will consider grant applications in due time before the event, taking into consideration one or more of the following criteria:

  *   That the applicant plays an active role in the sports debate in his or her home country and can prove a long-term interest in the conference themes
  *   That the applicant can add value to Play the Game's agenda by reporting on conference issues to national media, by presenting papers during the conference, by entering in panel discussions, by contributing to Play the Game's own news production or in other ways
  *   That he or she is able to cover the total travel costs
  *   That the total selection of grant holders represents a mix of earlier participants and newcomers
  *   That a fair distribution of grants is achieved with respect to gender, age, geographical origin, function in the public sports debate etc.

Applications must be sent by 1st July 2019, 15:00 CET at the latest. Please note that the deadline has been advanced to secure time for U.S. visa procedures.

More information at

Best regards / Bedste hilsner

Jens Sejer Andersen
International director /International chef

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