2019

The case for president Trump (as a sportsman)

Christmas is just around the corner, but president Donald Trump will be excused for not being in a celebratory mood. This week the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of impeachment charges,…

Race report från nätverksarbete

Efter en mörk höst där Växjö toppade den svenska ligan med minst antal soltimmar i november bar det iväg till Australien – först Melbourne och sedan Brisbane. Det var jag och min kollega…

Rugby union: played in heaven or trapped in purgatory?

The 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan has, for one former England international, placed the sport on an unprecedented “knife edge”. High tackling and refereeing controversies have, in Ugo Monye’s view, displaced skill…

How hockey can combat climate change

It’s late September, and after the long, hot and tedious summer, the hockey season has finally begun in earnest. By hockey, of course, I mean the fast-paced sport played on frozen surfaces, and…

VARs paradoksale logikk til besvær

VAR-forkjemperne skal få oss til å tro at fotball er svart-hvitt, at noe enten er fullstendig rett eller helt galt. Slik er det imidlertid ikke. Det er flere aspekter ved VAR som strider…

Why autocrats ought to be banned from all sports

This summer thirty years ago, I stopped playing tennis. It was a rather lovely day in a small town somewhere in Central Finland in the course of which I not only put my…

En inkluderande idrottsrörelse med “hygge” och folkhälsa?

I sommar fick jag möjligheten att simma mellan Kastrup och Dragør. Arrangör för eventet var Copenwater, en öppet vatten-simklubb i Köpenhamn. Uppvuxen i närheten av Malmö har Köpenhamnsregionen en särskild plats i mitt…

Language complaints in inter-school netball expose New Zealand’s settler colonialism

New Zealand does a good job of presenting itself as an inclusive, moral place grappling with the challenges of its past and confronting the consequences of being a colony of settlement. It is…

Hands, VAR og sammensausing av fotballdiskusjoner: En frustrasjon og en bekymring

Det gikk slik jeg fryktet. En handsregel som bare virker å representere sunn fornuft blant UEFAs dommerstab, ble helt avgjørende for utfallet av gårsdagens Champions League-finale hvor Liverpool fikk tildelt straffespark, attpåtil før…

2019 World Congress of Sociology of Sport

The 2019 World Congress of Sociology of Sport was hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. Traveling all the way from (north of the arctic circle) northern Norway with 38…