The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and INTERPOL this week held a partnership development meeting in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, as part of its efforts to promote and protect the integrity of sport amongst national stakeholders ahead of the country hosting the next Olympic Winter Games in 2018.
The meeting, which is in line with Olympic Agenda 2020, took place earlier this week ahead of the IOC Executive Board meetings in PyeongChang. It brought together key figures dealing with the national prevention of competition manipulation, including representatives from law enforcement, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee (POCOG), the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, national sports federations and the National Gambling Control Commission.
Opening the meeting, the President of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, Kee Heung Lee, underscored the importance of creating a global understanding of the need for sports integrity as the country prepares for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
“It is imperative for Korea to create a conducive environment for clean sport as soon as possible,” said Mr Lee. “We are in a time period where there is an urgent need for sports organisations to come together and eradicate all forms of injustice in sport.”
He reaffirmed the country’s commitment to restoring the public’s confidence in sport, highlighting the National Olympic Committee’s Clean Sports Centre, which promotes fair and transparent sports policies.
The participants discussed during the meeting setting up a Joint Intelligence Integrity Unit to protect the integrity of the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, which could also serve as a lasting legacy to protect sport in the country from integrity breaches.
Other key areas of discussion were the mechanisms in place for a national coordinated framework and identifying ways to overcome obstacles to cross-sector cooperation for efficient investigations. Exercises with real-life scenarios allowed the participants to experience first-hand how specific operational collaboration between sport, law enforcement and betting regulators and operators can be achieved.
A partnership to tackle competition manipulation and protect sport’s integrity
The IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with INTERPOL in January 2014. Since then, the two organisations have been working together on a range of joint initiatives, including close collaboration during the Olympic Games and delivering workshops around the world in partnership with National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International and National Sports Federations (IFs and NFs), law enforcement, governmental entities and betting regulators on the risks of match-fixing, manipulation of competitions and related corruption.
Read more about the IOC’s efforts to protect sport’s integrity here.