Congratulations to Minhyeok Tak who has recently received a prestigious Graduate Paper Award at the World Congress of Sociology of Sport which was held in Budapest, Hungary from June 8 to 11 2016. He won the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA) Graduate Paper Award for presenting his paper entitled: "Too big to jail: Match-fixing, institutional failure and contemporary sports betting."
His paper examined the institutional design of sports betting and revealed how today's sports betting engenders an institutional failure by exposing sports players to the danger of match-fixing. Unfortunately, the design of sports betting enables responsibility for match-fixing to be shifted to individuals.
Minhyeok, whose PhD supervisors are Professor Steve Jackson and Dr Mike Sam, says "It is a great honour to be the winner of such an international award, and I was very happy to represent the School and the University of Otago."
Photo caption: Minhyeok Tak receiving his award from Dr Gyöngyi Szabó Földesi, Hungarian honorary member of the International Sociology of Sport Association (ISSA), in Budapest, Hungary, June 2016.