“I hope for thorough debates on how international sport can regain credibility, support human development and have a positive impact on societies all over the world in such a discord year, a year full of horror and sorrow at so many places.
If the organizers and all participants use this opportunity to discuss openly the deficiencies of sport organizations, their challenges as well as the oportunities and hope sport can bring – with no one misusing this congress for “clean-washing” – the day in Zurich might be a starting point for fulfilling the promise of the Olympic Charter:
To place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity.”
Sylvia Schenk is a lawyer in Frankfurt on Main, Germany. She worked as a judge at the Labor Court of Offenbach (1979-1989) and as a City Councilor in Frankfurt (1989-2001).
She has been a German champion and an Olympic athlete in 1972 800 m running and has served as a volunteer in national and international sports organizations since 1975. From 2001 to 2004, she was the President of German Cycling and from 2000 to 2005, member of the Management Committee of the International Cycling Union UCI.
From 2007 to 2010, she was on the chair of Transparency Germany and from 2006 to 2014, Senior Advisor for Sport of Transparency International, and is now chairing the Working Group Sport of Transparency Germany. She is a board member of the German Olympic Academy and an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne.