YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Take an active part in protecting your sport from competition manipulation.
This toolbox was designed to raise interest and awareness about the topic amongst the different actors of the sports movement. All sports organisations and coaches are strongly encouraged to spread the word and widely diffuse the different tools in their respective network.
Competition manipulation is when athletes cheat by losing on purpose or by not doing their best in a competition. It is also when officials or coaches deliberately make wrong decisions, affecting the competition our its outcome. Competition manipulation kills the spirit of sport and is subject to heavy sanctions.
There are two main reasons why people would manipulate a sports competition:
- To gain a sporting advantage, like facing an easier opponent in the next round of a competition;
- To make money: this happens when the athlete, coach or official manipulates the competition in order to match a bet that was placed on the event.
Legal sports betting is nothing bad in itself. On the contrary, it is a major source of finance for sport. Nevertheless, the risk of subsequent manipulation is too important.
For this reason, all athletes, officials and coaches are forbidden from placing bets on all Olympic competitions.
If you have reasons to suspect a case of competition manipulation or if you witness an approach to fix an event, it is your duty to report it.
HOW I WAS ASKED TO CHEAT
MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE.
To win a bet, information is key. As an athlete, you have access to privileged information on your sport and could be approached to share it.
Non-public information must stay private. All that happens in the locker room and your immediate network, like injuries, sports tactics, etc. must not be shared, even on social media.
An approach to cheat often starts as a friendly conversation. It can come from a stranger, but also from someone you trust: a friend, your coach or a former athlete. Make sure you recognise an approach to cheat, and always speak out. If you get caught manipulating an event, the consequences for you and your sports career can be drastic.
By respecting these four simple rules, you can help keep sport free from manipulation.
NEVER FIX AN EVENT AND ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST