Children Win
Children Win

Changing the Game of Mega Sporting Events

Evidence shows that Mega Sporting Events, such as the FIFA World Cup™ or the Olympic Games, can directly harm children or put them at increased risk.
To remove or reduce these risks, such as forced eviction, violence and exploitation, our strategy is to:

  1. gather evidence of child rights violations linked to MSEs (e.g. our post-Rio Olympics ‘Breaking Records’ briefing)
  2. urge all stakeholders involved to ensure child rights are not violated before, during or after these MSEs and a positive legacy for children is left behind.
  3. monitor the actions of stakeholders to ensure children’s rights are always protected
    Our immediate priority is to lobby the IOC to include specific child rights obligations in the 2024 Olympics Host City Contract.

Join our campaign to ensure Mega Sporting Events leave a positive legacy for all, especially children.

Latest News

SRA raises concerns over Minsk’s hosting of European Games

20/12/2016 /

The European Olympic Committees (EOCs) should press the Belarusian government to improve human rights in the country ahead of the 2019 European Games in Minsk, says the Sport and Rights Alliance. In a letter to acting EOC president Janez Kocijančič, […]

Major steps taken… but next comes accountability

24/11/2016 / , , ,

Mega Sporting Event organisers have taken major steps forward recently in addressing concerns over human rights, but “implementation and accountability” will be the next hurdles. That was the clear message from Terre des Hommes General Secretary Ignacio Packer at the Peace […]

Ignacio’s positive outlook for child rights at Mega Sporting Events

22/11/2016 / , ,

Terre des Hommes’ Secretary General Ignacio Packer has painted a positive picture for the protection of child rights at future Mega Sporting Events. Ignacio took part in a panel discussion in Glasgow on Monday at Host City 2016, the world’s […]

FIFA pledges to discuss human rights at future World Cups

14/10/2016 / , ,

Terre des Hommes welcomes FIFA’s new mission statement which includes an explicit pledge to discuss the preservation of human rights at future World Cups. In the document, FIFA 2.0: The Vision for the Future, new president Gianni Infantino promises to bring all […]

‘The Fighter’ screened at Nuremburg Human Rights Film Festival

30/09/2016 / ,

“Why is the IOC not taking away the Games from a city, if human rights are violated?” “Why are Mega Sporting Events going to countries which allow bad things to happen?” “Why did the TV stations in Brazil not talk […]

Human and Child Rights organisations meet the IOC to report on violations during Rio 2016

29/09/2016 / , ,

Terre des Hommes, Amnesty International and Nosso Jogo Network met today with Philip French, the IOC’s Director of Public Affairs and Social Development through Sport, to report on child rights violations during the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The IOC were […]

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