Qatar 2022: Sportswashing Success?

Qatar 2022: Sportswashing Success?

As the dust settles on Qatar’s World Cup, it is worth returning to consider some of the questions that were raised in the run-up to the tournament. Amid a public conversation about sportswashing – the use of sport to distract attention from human rights violations – many Western media organisations focussed on the issues associated with hosting the event to an unprecedented degree. Under the weight of negative press coverage, you could be forgiven for thinking that if Qatar wanted to draw attention away from their human rights record, they would be better off not hosting the World Cup. (more…)

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Soft Power or Soft Disempowerment?

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Soft Power or Soft Disempowerment?

In the past 3 and half years, I have been investigating the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a soft power tool. I have taken a holistic approach in the context of understanding my case study, this holistic research approach arose because I have never travelled to Japan and I have never experienced the Japanese culture in reality. My views on Japan and its culture stem from an external Influence of playing Japanese-related video games and watching TV series. However, I have planned to travel to Japan for data collection and to experience, in reality, the  Japanese culture and way of life. It turned out that the negative factors of globalisation had a different plan for my research, with the spread of Covid-19 and the subsequent pandemic. The emergence of Covid-19 meant that I could not travel to Japan, I could not attend the Olympic Games and collect data for my research. (more…)

(Il)liberal Nation Projection Through Sport, Culture, Entertainment, and International Broadcasting

(Il)liberal Nation Projection Through Sport, Culture, Entertainment, and International Broadcasting

CCSE Director Professor Gayle McPherson and Centre members Solomon Ilevbare and I travelled to Manchester on the afternoon of Wednesday 19th October. After checking in to our hotel and getting settled, we headed out for a bite to eat in Chinatown, sampling some authentic cuisine in the form of a ‘Hot Pot’- safe to say some can handle spice more than others! After a lovely dinner, we retired to the hotel, well-fed and prepared for an early start. (more…)

Foregrounding a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events

Foregrounding a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events

Hosted by the Centre for Culture, Sport & Events at UWS, Foregrounding a Rights-Based Agenda for Sport Events: Insights from Research and Practice, took place virtually on 20th June 2022. Colleagues from a variety of leading institutions gathered to discuss a number of questions arising from the rights agenda in mega sport events from a variety of research, governance, organisational and policy perspectives. This symposium was organised as part of the EU-funded EventRights project which includes a number of academic institutions from Europe, and further afield. (more…)

The Challenges of COVID and the Effect of the Pandemic on Physical Activity in Adaptive Sport

The Challenges of COVID and the Effect of the Pandemic on Physical Activity in Adaptive Sport

It is easy to forget that in a world before COVID there were already significant barriers for people with disabilities and chronic illness who wanted to take part in physical activity. Some of these barriers were physical in nature, such as inaccessible facilities, difficulties in accessing transport and the costs of specialist equipment. There were also more social and cultural barriers for example stereotypes around disability, lack of awareness and understanding of how to cater for different needs.

And then, in March 2020, the pandemic hit the UK… (more…)