The research findings show that despite the significant progress made in recent years, limited attention is paid to the fact that minorities and migrants are underrepresented in sport, particularly in the management positions of sport organisations.
Women and girls with an ethnic minority background are particularly underrepresented in sport, the report highlights.
The report concludes that racist incidents occur in both amateur and professional sports, but that there is a reluctance to recognise such incidents, particularly at the amateur level.
The report suggests that Equality Bodies and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) should be more involved in addressing racial discrimination in sport, for example, by supporting sports federations and clubs in developing awareness-raising activities, providing support to potential victims of racist incidents or, where this is permitted, participating in legal action against perpetrators.
When sport brings us joy, we cheer without let or hindrance, without inhibition or equivocation. When we let rip a sporting cheer, every puny notion of hate vanishes before it. Hate is unable to live with the vast, shared joys that sport brings us." Simon Barnes, The Times