- 02 Jun 2020
The protection of clean athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the important role of NOCs in fighting competition manipulation and sharing best practice were the focus of a NOC Webinar, held successfully on 30 April 2020.
Organised by the OM Unit PMC, this first virtual training session of its kind was attended by 20 NOCs from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, all of which already have a good level of expertise in in the matter. They also received important advice and insights regarding intelligence-gathering processes.
In addition, there was a lively knowledge exchange among the participants. Several NOCs presented case studies in the fields of regulation and legislation; awareness-raising and capacity-building; intelligence; and the role of NOCs in national platforms (a national cooperation framework with the participation of different stakeholders involved in jurisdiction).
After the meeting, Matthias Van Baelen from the Belgian NOC said: “I can only welcome this advanced training and direct exchange with experts from the IOC and other NOCs. Especially the best practices from other NOCs divided in the three-pillar approach provided a clear and helpful framework to assess our situation and further develop our current framework.”
Anna Mguni, Secretary General of the NOC of Zimbabwe, added: “The training provided an opportunity to consider dedicated activation of this critical matter and highlighted best practice from NOCs successfully implementing programmes. We learnt a great deal through the case studies, providing a sound base on which ZOC can consider programme activation and an appropriate action plan.”
During recent months and in preparation for Tokyo 2020, the OM Unit PMC has stepped up its collaboration with NOCs in order to prevent competition manipulation and protect clean athletes. The ambitious, long-term aim is to have each NOC appoint a “Single Point of Contact” (SPOC) and empower this person to act efficiently when it comes to supporting the development of relevant regulations and awareness-raising activities, as well as following up on potential cases of competition manipulation in the country concerned. This includes a good understanding of the national jurisdiction as well as close coordination with law enforcement. The SPOC model has taken off successfully in Europe and will be applied to NOCs from other continents as well.
If you are an NOC, and are keen to learn more about how to protect sports integrity in your country, please do not hesitate to contact the OM Unit PMC at email@example.com.