Would you lose on purpose?
Cheating to win is well known, but would you cheat to lose a competition, or part of it, on purpose? This is called competition manipulation.
You may be tempted to underperform in order to face an easier opponent in the next round of the competition. Keep in mind that manipulating competitions is subject to sanctions, and that it kills the spirit of sport. It is a lack of respect for yourself, your team, your opponents and your fans.
Money can also be a motivating factor behind manipulating a competition. This happens when bets are placed on a given event. The athlete or official could be tempted to manipulate the competition in order to win the bet and earn money. Remember that no sport is safe from betting-related manipulation: bets can be placed on all Olympic events and this represents a threat to the values of sport.
To win a bet, information is key. Therefore, non-public information must stay private. Everything that happens or that is discussed in the locker room and within your immediate network, like injuries, sports tactics, etc. must not be shared, even on social media.
As an athlete, you have a responsibility to know the rules:
- You must NEVER bet on your own sport, the YOG or the Olympic Games.
- You must ALWAYS report an approach to manipulate a competition, or anything suspicious. Talk to someone you trust or to your federation, or contact the IOC hotline: olympic.org/integrityhotline
In order to preserve the credibility of your sport and competitions, YOU must know the rules and respect them.
Help us keep sport unpredictable and exciting!
Never fix an event and always do your best, even if manipulating the competition will have no impact on its outcome.