Corruption in sport

Sport brings people together, but criminals looking to make large profits can undermine its integrity.

Sport is a source of unity for many around the world. Watching and playing sport transcends differences in language, culture and beliefs. But in recent years, the manipulation of sporting competitions by organized syndicates has been threatening the integrity of sport.

With large profits to be made and a limited risk of detection and sanction, competition manipulation has become attractive to criminals.

Tackling match-fixing and other crimes in sport requires national and international cooperation between sport, public authorities, betting regulators, the gambling industry and law enforcement. We help bring all these stakeholders together to counter crimes in sport.

INTERPOL Match-Fixing Task Force (IMFTF)

The IMFTF brings together law enforcement agencies from around the world to tackle match-fixing and corruption in sport.

The IMFTF currently has 98 member units from jurisdictions in five continents, with more than 151 national points of contact worldwide. This network allows the task force to act as a platform for cross-border investigations and international case coordination, with meetings held regularly.

The IMFTF supports member countries in match-fixing investigations and operations in all sports, and maintain a global network of investigators that share information, intelligence and best practices.

Specific INTERPOL-developed tools dedicated to data collection on sport corruption (project ETICA) and financial crimes analysis (FINCAF) are available to law enforcement worldwide.

Due to its global outreach, the IMFTF is uniquely placed to connect criminal investigative units in all INTERPOL member countries and relevant Integrity Units from the main International Sporting Federations to unite the efforts to counter any wrongdoing in sport.

In recent years, cooperation frameworks have also been established in cooperation with other INTERPOL units to protect major sporting events from criminal exploitation.

INTERPOL Match-Fixing Task Force

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Building capacity for police and sport

INTERPOL carries out a joint capacity building and training project with the International Olympic Committee to combat competition manipulation. The project offers tailored trainings and workshops  for law enforcement, government agencies, sports, betting operators and regulators, to address competition manipulation and create a global network of practitioners.

Law enforcement investigators training

This training provides law enforcement with the skills to investigate competition manipulation, focusing on transnational investigations, evidence collection and evaluation, betting monitoring and analysis, working with sports, and the key role of the IMFTF.

Sport investigators training

This training develops capacity in sport organizations to investigate and sanction competition manipulation. It focuses on investigative techniques typical of police work such as interview skills and information collection and evaluation, but also the monitoring and analysis of sports betting.

Integrity in sport workshops and webinars

These workshops bring together national or regional stakeholders to raise awareness, identify best practices and establish cooperation to address competition manipulation.

Monitoring and open source analysis

We monitor media on competition manipulation and compile an overview of open source reports on investigations, sanctions, sentences, best practices, modus operandi and new developments in a specialist bi-weekly newsletter for practitioners. Subscribe to our newsletter below.

2020 Sports Corruption Barometer
Integrity in Sport

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