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08 Nov 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.


18-22 November:

World Lottery Summit, Argentina

Under the theme “Gaining the edge in the new world”, the World Lottery Summit will take place in Buenos Aires from 18-22 November. Friedrich Martens, Head of the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions will deliver a keynote speech on the topic of “Ensuring Ethical Conduct and Preventing Manipulation during Olympic Competitions”. He will also take part in the panel of the session looking at “Sports Betting: Ensuring that Integrity Always Comes Out on Top”. 

4-6 December: 

International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) meetings, UK

IPACS will hold meetings of its task forces and Steering Committee on 4 and 5 December in London. On 6 December, the government of the United Kingdom will host a high-profile event, aimed at highlighting progress so far and obtaining political endorsement from the top governmental levels.

21-22 January 2019:

INTERPOL-IOC National Workshop, Qatar

This workshop in Qatar will foster cross-sector cooperation and an understanding of the global threat arising from competition manipulation and its impact at national level. Participants will share current good best practices, find new ways to prevent competition manipulation and corruption in sport more effectively and identify responses to possible breaches of integrity. The gathering will be organised in collaboration with the INTERPOL project Stadia and the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) in preparation for the IAAF World Championships 2019.


In case you missed it

11 September:

INTERPOL’s 10th Match-Fixing Task Force (IMFTF) meeting was held in Lyon, France, with the attendance of the IOC. 

The event brought together 80 officials from global law enforcement, international organisations, government departments and worldwide sporting associations under one roof to identify new ways to investigate and cooperate in cases related to sports corruption and match-fixing. Read more here.

24-25 September:

The IOC participated in the 3rd International Conference on the Fight against the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, organised by the Council of Europe (COE) in Strasburg, France.  

The event served the promotion and implementation of the Macolin Convention, which the IOC helped to draft and has supported ever since. It gathered together over 160 participants from 37 countries and 23 public and private international entities. Whilst mainly addressed at Member States, the Convention also covers a number of key elements in relation to sports organisations’ roles and responsibilities in preventing competition manipulation. IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Pâquerette Girard-Zappelli presented how the IOC helps to encourage the establishment of mechanisms for the exchange of information, namely the creation of national platforms by governments. She also explained how the IOC supports sports organisations and multi-sports events organisers to put in place compliant regulations. Looking ahead, Girard-Zappelli urged all participants to keep involving the Olympic and Sports Movement in the Convention Follow-up Committee in order to ensure the continued cooperation between the various stakeholders, which is at the heart of the Convention. Read more information here.

10 October:

The IOC took part in the G20 Anti-Corruption Working (ACWG) Group Side Event: Partnering against Corruption in Sports at OECD Headquarters in Paris, France

The side event focused on multi-stakeholder approaches to strengthening the capacity of sports organisations, governments, and the international community to address the challenge of corruption in sport. 

14-15 October:

The IOC supported a two-day workshop, organised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The workshop brought together the Secretaries General and Council members from the badminton associations of India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to strengthen national integrity programmes and share information and knowledge on four key pillars related to integrity: Rules System; Education and Awareness; Monitoring & Investigations; and Judicial Processes.
The sessions included a joint presentation from the IOC and INTERPOL, who addressed the importance of athletes recognising approaches, knowing what to do and how to reject and report them.
Read more here.

15 October: 

The Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNTOC in Vienna, Austria, featured a Side Event on the topic of “Safeguarding Sport from Crime”, in which the IOC took part. 

Friedrich Martens, Head of the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, presented the mission and activities of the Unit as well as its cooperation with UNODC, organiser of the event. He also outlined the progress IPACS has made since it was founded in February 2017 and stressed the importance of governmental support in the fight against corruption. Learn more about the event here.

16-17 October:

The IOC, together with INTERPOL, staged a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The workshop provided training to more than 130 representatives from Malaysian law enforcement, government, betting entities and sports organisations, as well as representatives from Indonesia in order to enhance Malaysia’s efforts in investigating and sanctioning competition manipulation in sport. Following the multi-stakeholder workshop, an investigators training session took place for sports governing bodies and law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating allegations, suspicions or reports related to the manipulation of a sports competition and other breaches of sports integrity. Learn more here.

6-7 November:

INTERPOL-IOC Regional Workshop for Germany, Switzerland and Austria

This workshop was hosted by the German NOC to foster collaboration between law enforcement, the NOC and national sports federations, public authorities, the betting industry and other actors involved in preventing the infiltration of crime in sport. It served to establish an appropriate national framework to protect the integrity of sport in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Bilateral ‘Partnership Development Meetings’ were held with each national delegation on the second day to ensure tailored support is provided following the workshop. Read more here

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