Major events

Amnesty International report: Fifa must not tolerate human rights abuses in Qatar

By Nick Harris 17 November 2013 A new report published this evening by Amnesty International and based on interviews with workers, employers and government officials, says that Qatar’s construction sector is "rife with abuse, with workers employed on multi-million dollar projects suffering serious exploitation." Amnesty say that the full 166-page report - The Dark Side of Migration: Spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup - reveals widespread and routine abuse of migrant workers - in some cases amounting to forced labour. Allegations in the report, available via Amnesty's website (or PDF download report here), include: . Migrant workers are ‘treated like cattle’ by subcontractors for Qatar Petroleum,...


Garcia offers whistleblower anonymity during Qatar 2022 World Cup investigation

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 12 March 2013 The American lawyer investigating the circumstances in which the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar has urged anyone with information that could prove wrongdoing in the bidding process to share that information as soon as possible. Michael Garcia is a former US attorney for the Southern District of New York and a partner with the New York-based law firm, Kirkland and Ellis LLP. As a Fifa-appointed investigator into corruption in football, he has faced accusations that he is not independent and therefore cannot be expected to work effectively in a...


‘To look into Amy Williams’ Arctic-blue eyes was to ridicule the notion that winter sports athletes are less deserving of the title ‘Olympian’ than their summer counterparts’

. Still pining for a festival of sport after the London Olympics and Paralympics lit up the summer? Pine no more. The next Olympics begin in 500 days - in Sochi, Russia, from 7 February 2014. MARK STANIFORTH, left, ardent admirer of all things Winter Games, explains why it's a big deal, and why there are just as many reasons to care. Read Mark Staniforth's blog here . . . "I didn't go looking for fame, but these days people who've never met me know who I am. My life is radically different from the way it was before February 16, 2002, the night I...