To effectively protect clean athletes and ensure fair competition, the IOC has developed some sound processes for reporting, monitoring and investigating any occurrences of competition manipulation in sport.
These processes serve to protect the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games, but are also made available for major events organised by other sporting organisations in the Olympic Movement, such as the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Sports Federations (IFs).
Reporting - Integrity Hotline
Any information related to cheating can and should be reported to the IOC Integrity Hotline. Confidentiality is guaranteed.This Hotline can be used to report:
- suspicious approaches or activities related to competition manipulation
- incidents of harassment and/or abuse
- any other infringements of the IOC Code of Ethics or other matters, including financial misconduct or further legal, regulatory and ethical breaches over which the IOC has jurisdiction.
During the Olympic Games a special hotline for reporting possible violations is available:
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INTEGRITY BETTING INTELLIGENCE SYSTEM (IBIS):
Since the Olympic Games Beijing 2008, betting on all Olympic competitions has been monitored. Any irregular pattern reported is analysed, with the support of national and international police forces, including INTERPOL. Should an irregular pattern be detected or serious suspicion raised, a disciplinary commission can be set up by the IOC President.
To step up its efforts in this field, the IOC created the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) in January 2014, and it has been operational during every Olympic Games since Sochi 2014.
The aims of the IBIS are:
to support International Sports Federations (IFs) and organisers of multisport events, including the Olympic Games, in the fight for clean competitions by providing them with alerts and intelligence via a centralised mechanism for the exchange of information;
to protect clean athletes from any negative influence related to sports betting; and
to create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust between all stakeholders.
What does the IBIS do?
The IBIS collects and distributes information and intelligence related to sports betting for use by all stakeholders of the Olympic Movement.
As an IT platform, IBIS enables communication between all partners on the sports side and the different entities involved in sports betting through Single Points of Contact (SPOC).
Olympic Games Joint Integrity Intelligence Units
During the Games, the IOC collaborates closely with the Organising Committee, national authorities and police forces, and INTERPOL in order to prevent, monitor, assess and react quickly and effectively to any unethical activity related to the Olympic Games. This work takes shape by the set-up of Joint Integrity Intelligence Units.
London 2012: The IOC collaborated with the London 2012 Organising Committee and the public authorities to establish a Unit to monitor and assess the prevalence of match-fixing at the London Games and act in case of a suspicion. Their post-Olympic report stated: “London 2012 was the first Games where threats from corrupt sports betting were elevated to a level of focus that doping has attracted.”
Rio 2016: During the Olympic Games Rio 2016, a Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit (JIIU) was created in collaboration between the IOC, the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, Brazilian law enforcement and INTERPOL. Learn more here.
PyeongChang 2018: A JIIU is in place for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 to ensure that information is exchanged between all key players involved (IOC, POCOG, national authorities and INTERPOL). This Unit will assess and determine the appropriate measures if a risk or threat is identified. Intelligence may lead to disciplinary sanctions by the IOC or criminal prosecution by the police.