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Sport Conventions

The Council is aware that sport has a distinctive role to play as a force for social integration, tolerance and understanding. It is open to all, regardless of age, language, religion, culture, or ability. It is the single most popular activity in modern society. Sport provides the opportunity to learn to play by commonly agreed rules, to behave admirably both in victory and in defeat and to develop, not only the physical being, but also social competences and ethical values. Its contribution to education is increasingly acknowledged. Sport has a key contribution to bring to the promotion of the core values of the Council of Europe : democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Council of Europe acts against the negative aspects of sport - in particular violence and doping - through two Conventions : the European Convention on Spectator Violence and the Anti-Doping Convention.

Mr Sergey Khrychikov
Head of the Sport Conventions Division and Secretary to the Sport Conventions

Ms Marie-Françoise Glatz
Programme Officer

Ms Mohruba Gafar-Zada
Project Officer

Ms Floriane Cavel
Legal Officer

Ms Frederique Privat de Fortunie
Administrative assistant

Sport Conventions Division
Directorate of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination
DG II Democracy
Council of Europe
Agora, Quai Jacoutot 1
F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex

Phone:+ 33 (03) 88 41 28 35
Fax: + 33 (0)3 88 41 24 29



The Council of Europe actively fights against spectator violence, particularly in football. The European Convention on Spectator Violence provides governments with practical measures to ensure crowd security and safety, particularly at major football matches. It also outlines procedures for the control of violence, as well as educational measures to prevent its actual outbreak. The Council of Europe is committed to overseeing the correct implementation of the terms of the Convention and closely monitor progress through the organization of evaluation visits in the States parties and the completion by the State parties of an annual questionnaire which forms the basis for a report which analyzes all suggestions and information gathered. The Council of Europe is also involved in intergovernmental coordination with regard to international events such as the World Cup and the Euro. (more information...)

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Historically, doping is the first of the Council of Europe's concerns in sport. As early as 1967 the Committee of Ministers produced the first international legal instrument on this matter. Since then, the Organisation has continued to strengthen its commitment to address this issue and to reducing doping from sport. The Anti-Doping Convention entered into force on 1 March 1990 and shows a solid, concerted commitment on this issue. (more information...)

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Last update: 04/03/2015

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