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In a League of its Own: Is sport above human rights?

Past Event

To celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Index on Censorship, 'Sport on Trial', award-winning sports journalist Mihir Bose and Olympics historian Martin Polley will discuss sport and ethics with editor Jo Glanville and footballer Clarke Carlisle. Can sport be a force for good? Who owns the Olympic brand? Do boycotts work?

Following the discussion will be a screening of the England vs Ukraine game, with refreshments and pub snacks provided by courtesy of SAGE Publications.

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Mihir Bose is an award winning journalist and author. He writes a weekly “Big Sports Interview” for the London Evening Standard, and also writes and broadcasts on social and historical issues as well as sport for a range of outlets including the BBC, the Financial Times and Sunday Times.

Martin Polley is senior lecturer in sport at the University of Southampton, and one of the UK's leading sports historians. Author of numerous books and articles, including The British Olympics: Britain’s Olympic Heritage 1612-2012, he is also consultant historian on the Free Word Centre's Politics and Olympics exhibition.

Clarke Carlisle has been a professional footballer since 1997 and is now chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association. Carlisle is an ambassador for the Kick It Out scheme, which campaigns for inclusion and equality in football, and was once voted “Britain's Brainiest Footballer” in an ITV television quiz.

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