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26 Jul 2018

On Tour

These past months, the IOC’s Ethics and Compliance team has been on the road a lot to work with a number of key stakeholders on enhancing integrity in sport. In this section you can check out what happened at recent events and learn about upcoming activities.

Event Review

The IOC presented concrete solutions to protect sport from the manipulation of competitions in Africa at the Joint Seminar hosted by the African Lotteries Association (ALA) and the World Lottery Association (WLA) in Casablanca, Morocco, on 17 and 18 April 2018. The event brought together a significant number of decision-makers, sports betting managers, staff in charge of security and risk management and experts in marketing and communication. It addressed new challenges and risks for sports betting in Africa, as an important matter for public authorities; and the role of lotteries in this changing environment, to name just a few.

On 16 May, the IOC participated in another seminar organised by the WLA, in partnership with European Lotteries (EL) in Lyon, France. The Sports Betting Seminar focused on the key concept of “winning in sports betting”, bringing together the most up-to-date expertise and lessons learnt in key areas such as retail and omni-channel experience; innovative sponsoring activation and society engagement; the future of sports betting; and innovating tradition. Matters related to worldwide market updates, including new markets lessons from other sectors, like the horse-racing sector, were discussed as well. The IOC was guest speaker on the current state of sports integrity.

Striving to strengthen Nigeria’s fight against competition manipulation and related corruption, the IOC and INTERPOL held a workshop on 23 and 24 May 2018 in Abuja. The event, which  brought together 70 representatives from Nigerian law enforcement, government, betting entities and sports organisations, as well as a delegation from Ghana, addressed current threats to the integrity of sport and global crime trends in competition manipulation. It was hosted in close cooperation with the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Olympic Committee, and was supported by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Following the national workshop, partnership development meetings took place between high-level representatives from law enforcement, sporting bodies, justice and the betting industry to develop a coordinated national approach against crimes in sport. Read more here.

On 5 and 6 June 2018, the IOC participated in the UNODC conference “Safeguarding Sport from Corruption” in Vienna, Austria, which gathered together experts from State Parties, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs, academia and sports organisations. The conference served to raise awareness of good practices and to disseminate tools to help address corruption linked to the organisation of sports events, and in doing so to support the implementation of Conference of the States Parties resolution 7/8, with a particular focus on the involvement and contribution of organisers of major sporting events. IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Pâquerette Girard Zappelli shared her insights in the sessions on “How to address match-fixing” and, with the IOC being a founding member of IPACS, on “How to enhance cooperation between relevant stakeholders?”.

The IOC also joined in a high-level panel discussion organised by the European Parliament on the topic of “Time to act for Europe against sports manipulation". The event, organised on 5 June 2018 in Brussels, Belgium, streamlined calls from governmental and non-governmental bodies to all EU member states to sign and ratify the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions (the Macolin Convention) in a coordinated approach – something which is still pending and has been strongly advocated by the IOC.

Developing the investigative techniques of sports organisations in relation to competition manipulation was the focus of a fact-finding training session jointly organised by the IOC and INTERPOL on 12 and 13 June 2018 in London, Great Britain. With many sports organisations and federations setting up dedicated integrity units and bringing their regulations into line with the IOC Code on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, this training aims to equip individuals in sports organisations with skills to conduct fact-finding inquiries related to allegations or suspicions, and report to disciplinary panels. Hosted by the British Olympic Association (BOA), the event gathered together some 25 representatives of national sports federations in the UK, with contributions and presentations by major UK-based organisations, including the Sports Betting Integrity Unit of the UK Gambling Commission, the British Horseracing Authority, the Tennis Integrity Unit as well as Sportradar. Learn more here.

The IOC is partner of the EU-funded project “POINTS”, which helps National Olympic Committees, European Federations and national sports federations in Europe to strengthen their governance by developing a structure and system of ‘Single Points of Contact for Integrity’ (SPOCS) within their organisations. On 10 and 11 April 2018, the IOC hosted the second meeting of the project, focusing on the development of Guidelines for Single Points of Contacts for Integrity, at its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. During a follow-up session held on 10 and 11 July 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic, the consortium concluded the first phase of the project with the final discussions on these Guidelines. On this occasion, the IOC provided insight and experiences for the second phase of the project, which aims to develop educational seminars for the SPOCS.

Coming Up

ESSA, a not for profit association representing the sports betting integrity interests of many of the largest licensed and regulated betting operators in the world, and the IOC have teamed up to organise a workshop for all ESSA members in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 12 to 13 September 2018. ESSA’s principal goal is to protect its members, consumers and partners, such as sports bodies, from potential fraud caused by the unfair manipulation of sporting events and associated betting. The workshop will serve to brief the betting operators about the needs of sports organisations regarding the integrity of their events and for the IOC to strengthen its ties with the betting operators.

The Council of Europe will organise the 3rd International Conference on the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions in Strasbourg, France, on 24 and 25 September 2018. Target groups are members of the existing National Platforms, as well as the institutions involved in the process of establishing their national platforms. Invitations will also be extended to those representatives of other European and non-European States interested in the process and willing to join the Macolin Community. The event is announced as an important step in the Macolin Roadmap for which the ultimate goal is the entry into force of the Macolin Convention.

In its quest to further use sport for good, the IOC will organise the first ever Olympism in Action Forum on 5 and 6 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Forum programme will be an action-packed 48 hours featuring a wide variety of sessions, including debates, collaborative workshops, sports demos, inspiring talks, cultural celebrations and more. It will also offer a workshop on “Sports Betting & Match-Fixing”, which will examine the various sports betting frameworks that exist, as well as the work of regulatory and law enforcement entities to prevent match-fixing and organised crime linked to sport. In addition, a dedicated session on the “Integrity of Institutions: Combatting Corruption in Sport” will explore the success stories and best practices for protecting institutional integrity, while also addressing the work and reforms that are still needed. The Olympism in Action Forum will take place just before the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), which will be held from 6 to 18 October 2018 in Buenos Aires, and include a thorough awareness-raising programme on the threats of competition manipulation for the young athletes.

The next IOC Integrity Newsletter will offer a special feature on the Olympism in Action Forum as well as the YOG, so don’t forget to sign up!

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