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Sports leaders and grassroots groups invited to join star-studded panel debate on sports ethics



Cardiff Metropolitan University is set to welcome the 2015 annual meeting of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) this September, and is inviting leaders and those involved in grass-roots sports to attend a panel discussion.

Hosted by Cardiff School of Sport between 2nd and 5th of September, the annual IAPS conference aims to stimulate, encourage and promote research, scholarship and teaching in the philosophy of sport and related practices.

Guest panellists include former Wales rugby player and National Director of English Institute of Sport, Nigel Walker, Commonwealth rugby star Non Evans, former Wales rugby international Richard Parks, former head coach of England netball Anna Mayes and Richard Harry, Head of Secretariat of the National Anti-Doping Panel and former Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Players' Association.

Sports leaders are being invited to attend the panel debate on Wednesday 2nd September from 11:30am to 1pm at the University's Cyncoed campus.

The panel debate will involve forthright views from these experienced multi-sport internationals on the challenges and obstacles that high performance athletes face in reaching the top of their sports.

The discussion will cover all the hard work, dedication and physical skill it takes to reach the top, to talk about demands those on elite sport pathways face in terms of the ethical and moral dilemmas that challenge their values and integrity.

From rule breaking and cheating, using performance enhancing substances, contract disputes, and the demands of being a role model and pushing one's limits, the panellists will undertake an in-depth reflective discussion rarely possible in a public forum.

Dr Alun Hardman, Senior Lecturer in Sports Ethics at Cardiff Met said; "The panel discussion is a unique opportunity for members of the public interested in this area of sport to engage with multi-sport internationals and to join the debate on the very topical subject of ethics in sport.

"We hear all too often about how numerous high profile athletes are being stripped of their medals for rule breaking and using performance enhancing substances; it will be great to hear from those involved in sports about what they think we can do to eliminate this problem from the ground up."

The discussion is also open to all members of the public, from primary school physical education teachers, to A Level students with an interest in the debate.

To book places at the discussion, contact Dr Alun Hardman at ahardman@cardiffmet.ac.uk or on 02920 416514.​