In relation to the Reykjavik International Games 2019 the Reykjavik Sports Union, The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland, Reykjavik City, The Youth Association of Iceland, The ministry of Education and Culture and Reykjavik University have organised a conference about sports and violence.

The conference will take place on Wednesday the 30th of January in Reykjavik University and on Thursday the 31st of January in the Sports Center in Laugardalur Valley.

Among topic at the conference there will be:

  • The newest statistics about violence in sports around the world.
  • Introduction of the project, Voices for truth and dignity. A project that fights against sexual assault in Europe through the voices of those affected by it.
  • Procedures against sexual harassment and violent behaviour in sports and youth program.
  • Stories from those who have experienced violence.

The speakers will be both visitors from abroad and locals:

  • Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education and Culture
  • Hafdís I. Helgudóttir Hinriksdóttir, social welfare officer
  • Sandi Kirby - Professor Emerita at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. Sandi has a PhD. in psychology and is a Canadian Olympic rowing athlete. She is the founder of Women Sport International Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Abuse. A former member of the UNICEF task force investigating and consulting in preventing violence against children in sports. Sandi is now in the comity of representatives for Out in the Fields, which investigates prejudice towards queer people in the sports world.
  • Mike Hartill - Reader at the Edge Hill University in England. He has held lectures about child protection in sports since 2002 and is co-manager of the project, Voice: Voices for truth and dignity, a project fighting against sexual assaults in Europe through the voices of those affected. He has written and co-written books about the matter and is currently working as a consultant for an independent research project related to sexual abuse of children in football for the English Football Association
  • Karen Leach - a former swimmer from Ireland. Was sexually assaulted by her coach from the ages of 10 to 17. She is one of the voices from the project Voices: Voices for truth and dignity, a project fighting against sexual assault in Europe through the voices those affected.

Further information and more detailed schedule will be posted when closer to the event.

Conferences from previous years

In cooperation with The National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland and Reykjavik University coaches, participants and other interested are invited to follow some very interesting lectures.

The lectures are a part of RIG 2019 and will take place at Reykjavik University, Menntavegi 1, 101 Reykjavik.

Previous conferences  

Here below you watch a few lectures from previous years:

Dope control and supplements :

Ronald J. Maughan

Michael Rasmussen

Hajo Seppelt

Good management :

Jane Allen

Michael Pedersen

Duffy Mahoney


The Reykjavik International Games are organized by the Reykjavik Sports Union in cooperation with the national sports associations and the sport clubs in Reykjavik. Other events organized by the Reykjavik Sports Union are: Íslandsbanki Reykjavik Marathon in August, Laugavegur Ultra Marathon in July, Suzuki Midnight Sun Run and Tour of Reykjavik in June and Northern Lights Run in February.

Reykjavik Sports Union
Engjavegur 6, 104 Reykjavik, Iceland, tel: +354 5353700, e-mail: