Important tools to protect sport’s credibility and integrity have been created since the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020.
A number of them aim to raise awareness and facilitate cooperation between the various stakeholders concerned: the BelieveInSport Code of Conduct and educational campaign, including an integrity e-learning programme for Olympic athletes and officials, and the IOC-INTERPOL capacity building programme.
The IOC also regularly organises meetings, seminars and workshops for a range of stakeholders (governments, international organisations, betting operators and the sports movement). The objective is to raise awareness, share best practices and define what is needed to ensure the credibility of sport through appropriate risk assessment and risk management. Every two years, the IOC organises the International Forum on Sports Integrity (IFSI).
BelieveInSport is the IOC’s educational campaign to raise awareness about competition manipulation and its connections to sports betting among athletes, officials, other stakeholders and the public. Through different learning tools, BelieveInSport seeks to provide everyone involved with the sufficient knowledge and skills to counter competition manipulation – no matter what their role in sport.
The following learning tools are available for everyone:
The BelieveInSport Code of Conduct is at the heart of the campaign and sums up the rules that all athletes, coaches and officials need to be aware of. It is available in 11 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese , Russian and Spanish.
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Athlete Learning Gateway course on Prevention of Competition Manipulation:
Educational videos (also with subtitles in various languages)
Ready-for-use educational kits for the organisation of youth workshops. (Available in English, French and Spanish)
- Workshops and briefings organised for International Federations and various target audiences
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The IOC works with its stakeholders to raise awareness about the topic, in particular among young athletes.
During the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Lillehammer 2016, a large majority of the 1,100 participating athletes visited and participated in the IOC’s Play Fair booth, which formed part of the YOG’s Learn & Share activities.
Through an interactive quiz and workshops, athletes were taught about the threat of competition manipulation and how they can play an active role in preventing any form of cheating in their sport. They were also made aware of the risks and guided through what action they should or should not take. Olympians were on hand to help spread these messages, hosting workshops and talking to the young athletes about this topic.
In addition, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), working in collaboration with the IOC, conducted a Sport Integrity workshop to educate 200 ice hockey players and officials on the dangers of competition manipulation.
The session included a video message from a professional player who shared his experience of betting with the young athletes as a word of caution, in the hope that this may prevent the next generation of ice hockey players from making the same mistake. The young athletes also put on their own role-playing performances, which provided a fun environment for learning about these important issues. Watch some extracts here, as well as how the IOC educates the new generation of athletes to protect the integrity of sport at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing in the following video (number 8).
Interpol-IOC Integrity in Sport Partnership and Global Training Programmes
In 2014, the IOC signed an agreement with the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to assist in the protection of sports integrity and to establish "educational, informative and awareness-raising initiatives".
The IOC and INTERPOL have since been delivering workshops around the world in partnership with National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Sports Federations (IFs), national sports federations, law-enforcement agencies, government entities and betting regulators on the risks of competition manipulation and related corruption.
NOCs interested in organising Capacity Building Workshops conducted in their countries can learn about the different types of training available, and contact email@example.com for further information.
As a part of the programme, the INTERPOL-IOC Handbook On Protecting Sport From Competition Manipulation has been published and is free for all sports organisations to use.