The Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) NGO forum saw delegates from over 35 countries open the 'Unite Against Racism' conference in Warsaw's Hilton Hotel today.
The network, currently celebrating its 10th anniversary, gave a collective overview of highlights over the past decade such as the continued success of the Mondialli, the increased membership from European nations and the further alignment with the games European bodies. There was also a chance to look ahead to immediate campaigns at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 2012 European Championship in Poland and the Ukraine. Current concerns including those of homophobia and sexism and sport were cited as immediate challenges.
The session also gave a chance to profile the European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation (EGLSF) as a key FARE partner and celebrate some of the work it has done since forming 20 years ago. Their recent 'Eurogames' competition success in Barecelona was showcased last year. A total of 12 'Eurogames' competitions have now run across seven countries.
FARE members were then invited to take to the floor, each giving a recap on the situation in their respective countries. Issues such as the Armenian and Azerbajan conflict affecting domestic leagues in both nations was discussed, as well as the prevailing neo-nazi issue in Belarus and the excitement generating around eastern Europe ahead of Euro 2012.