International Day of Sport for Development and Peace: Sport IS Respect

6 April 2024 Strasbourg, France

In antiquity, sport played a crucial role in promoting peace and diplomacy among civilizations. This is how the Olympic games were born: to stop war. The Olympic Truce, a tradition dating back to the ancient Olympic Games in Greece is an example. The truce was declared before and during the...

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Building the strategy and #Sport IS Respect campaign in Spain

18-19 January 2024 Madrid, Spain

A two-day workshop was held in Madrid on 18-19 January in order to design the future Strategy for Combating Hate Speech in Sport and the Action Plan for Spain 2024 – 2026, discuss the potential funding mechanism, and plan for the development of the #Sport IS Respect campaign. Organised with the...

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Addressing hate speech in sport to build inclusive societies

02 January 2024 Strasbourg, France

In 2024 the Council of Europe/European Union project “Combating hate speech in sport” will be launching the #SportISRespect campaign in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro and Spain. In the fast-changing world of sport, hate speech has emerged as a troubling symptom of deeper social...

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Submission deadline: 11 December 2023 at 12:00 CET (noon)

Call for proposals for the creation of a pool of international experts supporting the Council of Europe’s work in combating hate speech in sport

headline Call for tender 13 November 2023 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe Sport Division is looking for international experts to support the implementation of the joint project “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe will select a...

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#SportSpreadsRespect takes a leap forward in the development of a joint campaign

20-22 June 2023 Athens, Greece

A workshop dedicated to the design of the future campaign of the joint project “Combating hate speech in sport” took place on 21 and 22 June 2023 in Athens (Greece). Participants laid the groundwork for the campaign focusing on hate speech awareness and respect in sport. The workshop was hosted...

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#SportSpreadsRespect Workshop: Building strategies to combat hate speech in sport

11-13 April 2023 Rome, Italy

The Combating Hate Speech in Sport project held its 4th workshop: "Building strategies to combat hate speech in sport", on 11-13 April 2023, hosted by the Centro di Preparazione Olimpica Acqua Acetosa Giulio Onesti in Rome, Italy. Organised thanks to the efforts of the hosts Stefania Pizzolla,...

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#SportSpreadsRespect: what can we learn from Italy’s efforts to combat hate speech in sport ?

Combating Hate Speech in Sport 15 March 2023 Strasbourg, France

The third #SportSpreadsRespect online workshop was held on 15 March 2023, to present the state of play of the implementation of the project in Italy. Stefania Pizzolla, Service Coordinator at the Sport Department of the Ministry of Sport and Youth, and Antonio Parrilla, national coordinator,...

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Combating hate speech: #SportSpreadsRespect meets with the Italian national stakeholders

2-3 March 2023 Rome, Italy

The work of the #SportSpreadsRespect project continues with a stakeholders' meeting held on 2-3 March 2023 in Rome, Italy, to take stock of the country’s current initiatives and best practices in the fight against hate speech in sport. The Senior Project Officer met with Flavio Siniscalchi, Head...

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#SportSpreadsRespect maps the efforts to combat hate speech in sport in France and Germany

Combating Hate Speech in Sport 8 February 2023 Strasbourg, France

The second #SportSpreadsRespect online workshop will be held on 10 February 2023, to present the state of play on the fight against hate speech in sport in France and Germany, with a view to preparing the partner countries’ national strategies and the national #SportSpreadsRespect campaigns. The...

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The #SportSpreadsRespect team meets French authorities to kickstart the mapping work

9 November 2022 Paris, France

The "Combating Hate Speech in Sport" project team met with French national partners on 8 and 9 November in Paris to discuss with stakeholders the state of play of hate speech in sport in France, in view of finalising the Fact Sheet to be presented by the National Coordinator at the project’s next...

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#SportSpreadsRespect progresses mapping the state of play of hate speech in sport in Greece and Spain

17 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

An online workshop was held on 17 October 2022 to map the state of play of hate speech in sport in Greece and Spain, in view of the preparation of the countries’ national strategies and the #SportSpreadsRespect national campaigns The project’s approach is a 4-step strategy: data gathering and...

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Combating Hate Speech in Sport: Ioannis Melissanidis gets onboard of the #Sport Spreads Respect project

6 October 2022 Strasbourg, France

The Olympic gold medallist in artistic gymnastics and Greek sport legend Ioannis Melissanidis met the management of the Council of Europe Sport Division and “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” joint project. Mr Melissanidis is proposed by the Greek government to be one of the #Sport Spreads Respect...

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First meeting of the coordinators of the project on Combating Hate Speech in Sport

31 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

The first meeting of the national coordinators participating in the joint EU-CoE project “Combating Hate Speech in Sport” took take place in the morning of 31 May 2022 . The national coordinators have been nominated by the Ministries responsible for Sport of the partner countries of the joint...

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Combating Hate Speech in Sport project - Launch Conference

31 May 2022 Strasbourg, France

Sport brings people together. It contributes to health and well-being, breaking down barriers and building trust and community spirit. However, it can also exacerbate tensions or rivalries and foster discrimination against certain categories of the population, contrary to international standards,...

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