The Future of Sport

A Stream on “The Future of Sport”
as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects
13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece
Sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports

The Sports, Leisure & Recreation Research Unit of ATINER is organizing a Stream on “The Future of Sport” as part of the 19th Annual International Conference on Sports: Economic, Management, Marketing & Social Aspects, 13-16 May 2019, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sports

Thinking about the future has always been difficult. But in times of great transformations and ruptures like the ones we live in, it becomes even more painful and complicated. However, it is in the middle of the whirlwind that errors are harder to fix and have higher costs. Sport, a universal and pluricultural phenomenon, has a huge expression in any society nowadays, but it also has deep and serious weaknesses. It also has competitors that would like to occupy its space and privileges. Returning to Greece, the land of origin of one of the most successful forms of sport structure, dominant and very imitated, to discuss what we want and, above all, what we do not want for the future of sport, has undoubtedly a great symbolic value. Reconstructing and preparing the future, we must not forget the past, which will not be repeated, but which has a more than emblematic importance for the lessons it leaves and for the roots that consolidate wills. In the same way, it would have made sense to seize the opportunity of the debate and the example of history to try to create a think tank capable of keeping the discussion on a theme as important as the future of sport that we want. This is the challenge of this panel. To think about and debate the future of sport. You may participate as presenter of one paper, chair or/and organizer of a session, or observer.

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Special arrangements will be made with a local hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A pragmatic symposium (as organized in Ancient Athens but fine tuned to synchronous ethics), a special one-day educational island tour, a Mycanae and island of Poros visit, an Athens educational walking tour, an one-day visit to Delphi and an Ancient Corinth and Cape Sounion visit. Details of the social program are available here.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to:, using the abstract submission form  by the 1 April 2019 to: Dr. António Vicente, Assistant Professor, Department of Sports Sciences, University of Beira Interior (UBI), Portugal. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. organize a stream, chair a session, review papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email  to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER (

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