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Volume: 16 Issue: 3
(March 2018)

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The Universal Declaration of Player Rights: embedding the human rights of athletes

14 December 2017 became a consequential day for world sport when the World Players Association (‘WPA’) - the exclusive global association of organised players and athletes across professional sport - unveiled the Universal Declaration of Player Rights (‘UDPR’)1. The UDPR is the first comprehensive articulation of the internationally recognised human and labour rights of players and athletes2. In this article, Brendan Schwab and Matthew Graham, of the World Players Association, explain the pressing need for the UDPR and how world sport can, by embedding the human rights of players within its governance frameworks, live up to the ideal of the Olympic Charter that ‘the practice of sport is a human right3.’ Schwab and Graham believe that in so doing, sport can become a genuine force for good by setting a global benchmark for the respect and fulfilment of human rights by business.

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