Duration: 12 months: 1st October 2021 - 30th September 2022
Location: The project has national significance and involves 10 territorial committees:
Applicant / Coordinator: The project is carried out by UISP APS
Funding body: UNAR- National Office Against Racial Discrimination at the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Discrimination in sport does not only concern professional sport and major events that receive wide media coverage, it also occurs in amateur sport. In this field, incidents are often linked to offenses that incite hatred to the point of violent acts. The 2010 FRA report also shows that only 16 Member States (out of 27 surveyed) have taken action in the event of racism and ethnic discrimination in sport. Although the problem is well known in football and is addressed by many European associations, in other sports this phenomenon is often overlooked and the availability of data is limited to major media reported incidents limiting knowledge of "everyday discrimination".
Furthermore, there is no common data comparison system shared by the various federations.
A similar situation occurs if you try to analyze what happens in activities promoted by grassroots sport (which has a movement of athletes far superior to professional sport): there is a lack of information on accidents occurring during competitions and tournaments or during training .
Given the role that grassroots sport plays in the various communities as an instrument of aggregation and socialization, a role played in particular by sports associations, it is essential to have certain and comparable data on what happens in the "suburban fields" (as they are often defined) , where episodes of discrimination in sporting practice risk having very wide repercussions in the reference community, exacerbating situations that are sometimes already very tense (for example in neighborhoods at high risk of marginalization, violence or radicalization).
Precisely by virtue of these considerations, on 31 July 2020, UNAR signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UISP and the Lunaria Association for the launch of the "National Observatory against discrimination in sport - Mauro Valeri".
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