The International Olympic Committee (IOC), other international sports organisations, more than 100 ministers and experts from around the world met in London (UK) today to reaffirm their global commitment to tackling corruption in sport.
Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) meeting addressed specific challenges, including how to manage conflicts of interests in awarding major sporting events to ensure that the process is fair and transparent. They also discussed tools for preventing corruption linked to procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded, as well as the implementation of good governance principles as a key mitigating factor against corruption in sports organisations.
On the occasion of this important event, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “The IOC remains committed to fighting corruption in sport at all levels. Integrity entails credibility, and corruption threatens the very credibility of sports organisations as well as competitions. We know we cannot win this fight alone, but need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement. That is the value of IPACS, a very pragmatic partnership which can get together quickly and offer effective solutions on pressing topics. The high-level support IPACS received today is invaluable and will further strengthen our team efforts.”
IOC Member Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, who represented the IOC during the meeting, said: “We know that good governance rules alone do not make us immune to corruption. No organisation in this world is immune in this respect. It is a reality that criminal activities affect all areas of society: politics, business and also sport. Our challenge is to act quickly and effectively when misconduct occurs.”
Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport of the UK government, said: “We are proud to support the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport and today’s event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport. Every fan and athlete should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld. Our Sporting Future strategy sets out a commitment to tackle corruption in sport and, working alongside our international partners and UK Sport, I am pleased to see that significant progress is being made through IPACS.”
The next meeting of IPACS will take place by mid-2019, with the aim of discussing potential new focus areas for the Partnership and reporting on progress achieved since the 2018 High-Level event.