Don’t break the game
Human rights belong at the heart of sports.
Human rights belong at the heart of sport. The “Don’t break the game” campaign boldly highlights human rights issues in sport in Finland. We embolden and encourage sportspeople, fans, and the wider audience towards a better sporting world, where we can all play sports safely and as our true selves. Without human rights the game is broken.
It’s important for me to be able to say what I think and feel. Athletes should have freedom of expression.Awak Kuier, basketball player
Women’s sport is still disparaged, and the structures of sport are sometimes discriminatory. But change is happening. It’s great that the Women’s National Team is getting more and more media attention.Linda Sällström, footballer
Minority representatives often highlight problems, which isn’t easy. Those in positions of power in sport should have the will to change things.Shawn Huff, basketball player
There’s still plenty to do to stamp out racism in football. I hope and demand that sports organizations take responsibility and lead sport in a better direction.Tim Sparv, footballer
It can be difficult for people with disabilities to take up sport as a hobby. They may be told ‘We can’t take you’. This is a matter of human rights.Amanda Kotaja, wheelchair racer
The prevailing culture of secrecy in sport has created the perfect platform for sexual harassment. It’s time to break down that platform.Aapeli Räsänen, ice hockey player
I’ve encountered ignorance and homophobic jokes. Responsible bodies in sport should intervene in all kinds of discrimination more often.Senni Salminen, triple jumper
The game is broken if…
Children’s rights are not safeguarded
Action is not systematically taken against racism in all areas of sport
People with disabilities do not have equal opportunities to play sports
There is no gender equality
Sexual and gender minorities cannot play sports as their true selves
Action is not taken against violence and harassment in all areas sport
Athletes’ freedom of speech and opinion is restricted
Sports arenas are built without human rights
Human rights belong at the heart of sport.