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16 March 2012

French Minister updated on INTERPOL sports integrity initiatives

LYON, France – A visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters saw France’s Minister of Sport, David Douillet updated on the range of the world police body’s security initiatives to support law enforcement worldwide in combating all types of illicit activity relating to sport.

High on the agenda was INTERPOL’s joint efforts with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in the fight against doping in sports, including the trafficking and sale of illicit substances and the online sale of performance enhancing drugs by criminal networks.

The Minister was briefed on the 10-year venture between INTERPOL and FIFA which will see the creation of a dedicated FIFA Anti-Corruption Training Wing within the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation in Singapore which will provide a cutting-edge training, education and prevention programme to protect the sport, players and the fans from fraud and corruption.

“Whether we are talking about doping or illegal betting, the twin evils of sport, neither of these crimes respect borders. On behalf of France, which is playing a leading role in the fight against doping and illegal gambling, it was important that I visit INTERPOL to show our full support for their work,” said Minister Douillet.