Public Invited to Free ‘Play the Game’ Conference session in Coventry Cathedral on June 9th

FROM THE 8th to the 12th of June The ‘Play the Game’ conference will make Coventry the focus for discussion of the future of global sport. The Public have been invited to take part in one of the sessions entitled ‘Match Fixing: A blow to the core of sport’ free of charge on Tuesday June 9th.

The sixth ‘Play the Game’ conference has been co-organised with Coventry University for the International business of sport (CIBS). ‘Play the Game’ has become a global platform where leading figures debate the main issues and threats to modern sport.


The speakers taking part in the free session are: Mark Davies (Managing Director of Betfair), Declan Hill (author of ‘The Fix’), Michael Franzese (a convicted New York mafia boss and former match fixer) Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros (CEO European Professional Football Leagues) and Richard Ings of Australia’s Anti-Doping Authority.

The experts will address present realities and future challenges of a gambling market that’s worth £350 billion dollars and various other issues surrounding one of the greatest threats to modern sport.

CIBS Director Professor Simon Chadwick whose efforts gave Coventry the successful bid for Play the Game said: “The conference will cover an astonishing number of topics that have a direct impact on sport as an industry. Previous conferences have seen disgraced former world champions speak out about drug abuse, research revealing the effect doping had on the children of athletes, and how overspending is tearing English football apart.”

This years conference covers a variety of other current themes including: The legacy of the Beijing Olympics left for the London Olympics, Gene doping and Bribes or Benefits

Coventry will become the first city outside the Nordic countries to host the Play the Game conference. It was chosen over several other European cities because of the commitment of the individuals involved and the CIBS

Professor Chadwick added: “We have extended an open invitation to the general public as we believe this is issue that will generate a lot of debate and hopefully some candid and open discussions about match-fixing.”

The session will take place on Tuesday the 9th of June in Coventry Cathedral from 8pm to 10pm. It is open to all and free of charge.


For further information contact Alison Bushnell, External Press and Media Relations Officer on 024 7688 8245 or Professor Simon Chadwick, Chair in Sport, Business Strategy and Marketing on 024 7688 8486. 


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