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15 Jun 2011
IOC News , Press Release

IOC steps up efforts in fight against irregular and illegal betting in sport

A Working Group established on 1 March 2011 at the first meeting on irregular and illegal sports betting agreed today to set up three sub-groups to flesh out objectives in the fight against irregular and illegal betting in sport.

The Working Group also agreed that more needed to be done to strengthen the cooperation between sports, governments and betting operators to fight irregular and illegal betting.

Groups of experts will be formed to determine the following three objectives for the new body:

· Education: to evaluate existing programmes and determine joint programmes to be implemented, and study a basis for a code of conduct;

· Monitoring, intelligence and analysis: to evaluate ways to improve consistency in monitoring, intelligence exchange, and analysis;

· Legislation and regulations: to study the possibilities of creating common principles and strengthening judicial and police cooperation;

Chaired by International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, the meeting in Lausanne was attended by government ministers from several countries as well as representatives from Interpol, the United Nations, National Olympic Committees, International Federations, athletes and the IOC.*

“We foresee increased cooperation in the monitoring and coordination of the fight against illegal and irregular betting in sport,” said President Rogge, “Today saw our first proactive steps toward that goal and an increased level of commitment in our joint fight against this threat to sport.” 

The deadline for establishing the sub-groups has been set for the end of July. The sub-groups are scheduled to hold their first meetings between September and November, with their reports to the Working Group being presented before the end of 2011.

The IOC first took preventative measures to tackle the problem of illegal and irregular betting five years ago, and has been proactive in its fight ever since. The IOC’s Code of Ethics was amended in 2006 to forbid all participants in the Olympic Games from betting on Olympic events, and subsequent measures have been aimed at raising awareness of the issue, safeguarding the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport in general, and strengthening collaboration with partners inside and outside the Olympic Movement.

* List of attendees follows:

Chantal Jouanno, Minister of Sport, Ministry of Sport (France)
Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sports and Olympics, Ministry of Sports (GB)
Attila Czene, Minister of State for Sports, Ministry of National Resources (Hungary)
Cecilia Keaveney, President of the Sub Committee on Youth and Sport, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Karl-Heinz Schneider, Spokesperson, Minister of Sports (Germany)
Wladimyr Camargos, Legal Consultant, Minister of Sports (Brazil)
Daniel Boyd, Legal Attaché, FBI (USA)
Jean-François Lamour, Deputy, Assemblée Nationale (France)
Matthias Remund, Chief of Staff, Office fédéral du sport (Switzerland)
Robert Mulac, DG Internal Market and Services (EU)
Gianluca Monte, Policy Adviser DG – Education and Culture, European Commission Sports Unit (EU)
Alastair Ruxton, Legal Services, LOCOG (GB)

Sports Movement

Gunilla Lindberg, IOC member, ANOC Secretary General
Michael Chambers, ANOC Juridical Commission Chairman
Andrew Ryan, ASOIF Director
René Fasel, IOC member, AIOWF Director
Hein Verbruggen, SportAccord/GAISF President
Francesco Ricci Bitti, IOC member, ITF President
Patrick Baumann, IOC member, FIBA Secretary General
Bernard Lapasset,  International Rugby Board President
Detlev Zenglein, EWS Head of Competition Analysis, FIFA
Hugh Roberts, IAAF Legal Counsel
Pierre Cornu, UEFA Chief Counsel, Integrity & Regulatory Affairs
Giancarlo Abete, Vice-President/President, CONI/ FIGC – Italian Football Federation, Denis Masseglia, CNOSF  President
Shi Zehua, Director General of Supervision Department, Chinese Olympic Committee
Elena Anikina, Head of International Relations, Russian Olympic Committee
Michael Vesper, DOSB Director General
Desiree Filippone, Managing Director of Government Affairs, USOC
IOC : Ser Miang Ng, IOC Vice President, Frank Fredericks, IOC Executive Board Member, John Coates, IOC Executive Board Member, Patrick Hickey, IOC Member, Guy Drut, IOC Member

International Organisations

Wilfried Lemke, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General, UN
Dimitri Vlassis, Chief, Corruption & Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Gianni Baldi, Assistant Director, Criminal Organizations and Drugs, Interpol
Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary, Council of Europe
Philippe de Koster, président suppléant de la Cellule de traitement des informations financières et co-président du groupe de travail sur les typologies (WGTYP) au sein du Groupe d'Action financière (GAFI)
Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulation, Gambling Commission
Frédéric Donzé, Director, European Office & IF Relations, WADA

Betting Operators

Risto Nieminen, World Lottery Association President
Mike O’Kane, Trading Director, Ladbrokes/Remote Gambling Association


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