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Thursday, October 29, 2009

No Holds Barred: Joseph Agbeko-Yonnhy Perez Preview; Jens Sejer Andersen of Play the Game on Corruption in Sport 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman begins with a preview of the IBF bantamweight title fight between champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) and unbeaten mandatory challenger Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs), which will be held Saturday, October 31, in Las Vegas, and televised on Showtime in the U.S. We spoke about this fight with both Joseph Agbeko and Yonnhy Perez on a media conference call.

We next turn to the persistent issue of corruption in sport, including in the combat sports, with Jens Sejer Andersen, the Director of Play the Game.

Play the Game is an international organization based in Denmark which, according to its web site, "aims to strengthen the basic ethical values of sport and encourage democracy, transparency and freedom of expression in world sport."

They have recently issued a "Call for action against all forms of corruption in sport", which has been signed by numerous leading sports figures and journalists from around the world.

"Corruption in sport is seemingly endemic," Jens Sejer Andersen told us, and we thus had a lengthy discussion about how to fight it. We examined what Play the Game is doing to help this struggle against corruption in sport both in the Olympic movement and in professional sports, why so many who do so end up receiving negative reactions, problems in Olympic boxing and wrestling, and the role of gambling in spreading corruption. We also discussed the "Call for action against all forms of corruption in sport" and the need for the establishment of an international agency to fight corruption in sport, similar to what the World Anti-Doping Agency has done to fight doping. And we explained what fans, athletes, media, and everyone else around the world can do to fight corruption in sport.

Once again, you will not find this kind of discussion about the fight against corruption in sport in most places in the media, but focusing on these issues is precisely what you can expect at No Holds Barred.

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