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

The launch of the latest edition of Index on Censorship magazine

Tue 19 Jun 2012, 6:30pm

Free Word Lecture Theatre

Sport on trial

Does morality have a place on the playing field? Renowned sports writer Mihir Bose and Olympic historian Martin Polley will join other speakers for this timely debate. They’ll tackle the political demands facing sportsmen and sporting bodies, the conflict between the expectations of human rights groups and the demands of the sporting schedule, the politics of the calls for boycott (from Bahrain to Belarus) and the impact of commercial sponsorship.

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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.

Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road


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