Mega-Sporting Events

Colin Jackson on Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights

12 May 2015

By Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, IHRB

www.telegraph.co.uk

Human rights are inextricably linked with sports. The mottos and codes of conduct of most sports organisations reflect the spirit of human rights and athletes have often championed human rights. Athletes and sportsmen and women who later become ambassadors of their sports have often transcended their positions and advocated greater respect for human rights.

Mega-sporting events - such as the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup - bring together the nations of the world to participate in competitive sports. But they also bring together businesses who build the infrastructure, manufacture merchandise, and offer services to ensure that the events run smoothly. IHRB has been at the forefront of highlighting business responsibilities towards human rights in mega-sporting events.

Colin Jackson is a champion athlete who has been an Olympic silver medalist for Britain, and has been the world champion in 110m hurdles thrice, and held the world record for the race for over a decade. He has also been the European champion for 12 years running and won the Commonwealth Games gold medal twice.

Jackson is a firm believer in the power of sports to bring people, businesses, and athletes together to promote human rights. In a conversation in Lausanne, the home of the International Olympic Committee, he spoke to IHRB's Salil Tripathi about the potential of sports to help improve human rights standards and the responsibilities of sportspeople and businesses associated with sports to do their best towards that end.

Download Filetype: MP3 - Size: 6.72MB - Duration: 7:20 m (128 kbps 44100 Hz)

Latest IHRB Publications

Rights and Wrongs - Gandhi’s Lessons for Davos

The global elite who effectively control many of the levers of power in the world, met last week in Davos for the annual  World Economic Forum

The Forum is often criticised for being a talk-fest of the wealthy with few opportunities for the poor...

Reflections from the 2018 Sporting Chance Forum

The 2018 Sporting Chance Forum brough together 250 high-level delegates from a broad range of stakeholders to drive progress toward a world of sport that fully respects human rights. 

Representatives of affected groups, sports bodies, governments,...

23 January 2019

Women’s Rights Still Seen Through the Foggy Lens of Biases, Discrimination, and Injustice

As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), it is becoming increasingly clear that in spite of great strides in protecting human dignity, inequalities continue to persist and are deepening more than ever. It...