Sport, Diversity & Race

The Future of Sport Lab’s Sport, Diversity & Race study examines notions of racism and discrimination in Canadian sport from the perspectives of 32 racialized participants, including executives, senior leaders, sport practitioners and student athletes. The 14-month study was led by Richard Norman and Cheri Bradish of Toronto Metropolitan University. 

100%  First-hand experience or knowledge of racism and/or discrimination in sport

100%  Indicated sport has a dark side and negative impacts on individuals

94%    Believed in sport’s positive outcomes regardless of negative experiences

90%    Said sport has a significant impact on their lives

46%    Stated racism in Canada is the same or worse than the United States


  • Racism and other forms of discrimination are pervasive within sport cultures
  • Racial incidents are just as prevalent in Canadian society as they are in the U.S.
  • Racism must be considered in relation to other identity constructs such as gender, sexuality, ability or in combination
  • Innovative and compassionate approaches are necessary to dismantle systemic conditions and persistent inequities

Visit Future of Sport Lab to read the report recommendations.

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