We all have our thoughts on the five FIFA Presidential candidates. To the extent that they have a platform, they are remarkably similar and, in typical FIFA fashion, we know that the election will be contested behind closed doors. Read more here about the FIFA election, the candidates, their manifestos.
What a fascinating insight into FIFA this week has been.
I have just had a wonderful experience that I want to share with you.
Amongst tragic events that grab the world’s attention, such as what happened in Paris (and Beirut) last week, there are always good things that happen and good people that give solace, courage and hope. You read something, listen to something, watch something – and just say ‘wow’.
The Melbourne Cup is the second richest horse race in the world with prize money of about US$4.6 million and is the marquee event of the busy Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. In Australia, it’s known as ‘the race that stops a nation’ and even demands a public holiday in its home state of Victoria.
I know sportsmen and women don’t like to lose, but I see the Wallabies loss to the All Blacks in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Final as an honourable loss. Not only was it against a champion team, but the Wallabies’ quality and potential were evident throughout the tournament, as was their never-say-die attitude and improvement each game.
I’ve spent the last few days at one of the ‘must do’ activities on the sports integrity and governance calendar – attending and speaking at the excellent biennial conference of Play the Game, part of the Institute of Sports Studies in Aarhus, Denmark.