Hugh Robertson joins SJA Question Time panel

Hugh Robertson MP: Olympics Minister

Hugh Robertson, the Minister for Sport, is the latest to accept the Sports Journalists’ Association’s invitation to be a panel member at our Olympic Question Time event, being staged on April 5 in the historic debating chamber of London’s County Hall, while the annual SportAccord Convention is being held nearby.

Other high-powered expert guests ready to face your questions include Paul Deighton, chief executive of LOCOG, Baroness Campbell, chair of UK Sport, and Pat McQuaid, president of the international cycling federation and IOC member.

Hugh Robertson has been an MP since 2001 and held a shadow sports and Olympics brief from 2004. After last year’s general election, he was appointed Sports and Olympics Minister in the new government.

A playing member of the MCC and a Chelsea supporter, Robertson’s presence on the Olympic Question Time panel sees him maintain a 100 per cent record for such SJA events, since he was a member of our panel 12 months ago when we staged the first such event.

How to apply to attend the Olympic Question Time

Question of sport: Hugh Robertson, far right, addresses the SJA audience at last year's Sporting Question Time event

We expect there to be a high demand for places in the audience at this event. Priority will be given to those who are registered as delegates to the SportAccord Convention and for SJA members.

To attend the event, you MUST register by sending an email to

Please ensure that you write “Olympic Question Time, Apr 5” in the subject field, and state your name, address, contact phone number and SJA membership number in the body of the email.

If you wish to attend and represent a sports body or organisation, please also include details of this.

We will contact you by March 31 if your application is successful.

Only those whose names are on the guest list will be allowed to enter the event.

How can you put a question?

Only those who submit a question ahead of the event can be selected to put their question to the panel on the night.

Remember, this is session is specifically about the Olympics, and London 2012.

To have any chance of being called to put a question to the panel, you MUST include your question in the body of your application email, and if the event organisers select it for the running order, you’ll be notified when you check in on the day.

If you have already applied for a place at the event but did not include a question, you still have a chance to submit your question by emailing Please ensure that you write “Olympic Question Time, Apr 5” in the subject field.

Thu Mar 31: Tour of London’s Olympic Park.
Click here for details of how to apply

Wed Apr 13: SJA 2011 Annual Meeting, at offices of UK Sport, Russell Square. Strictly SJA members only.

Wed Dec 7: SJA 2011 British Sports Awards – note the date in your diary now.

All details subject to alteration. Keep checking for upda