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24 February 2017

IOC and INTERPOL host national integrity in sport workshop in the Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas – Meeting the challenges posed by competition manipulation and other threats to the integrity of sport was the focus of a joint International Olympic Committee (IOC) and INTERPOL workshop in the Bahamas.

Bringing together some 50 participants from law enforcement, the National Olympic Committee (NOC), National Sport Federations, public authorities and the Gaming Board, the workshop addressed the global threat from competition manipulation, irregular and illegal sports betting and their impact at the national level.

The 23 February meeting also identified current good practice and ways to prevent competition manipulation and corruption in sport, in addition to recognizing ways of responding to possible breaches of integrity.

Officially opening the workshop, the Bahamas Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Dr Daniel Johnson MP said: “Bahamas is pursuing a strategy of hosting international sporting events as a new and successful industry, so it is important to also protect the integrity of sport, both for the reputation of Bahamas, and for the reputation of clean sport and fair play.”

Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas NOC, also underlined the importance for Bahamas sport that it protects itself from all risks to its integrity, pointing to the upcoming Commonwealth Youth Games, FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and other international event as important platforms to educate and train the young leaders of the future to be ethical leaders within their communities.

Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade expressed ‘full support for INTERPOL and the Bahamas Police Force because of the importance of global cooperation to tackle competition manipulation’.

The IOC and INTERPOL Handbook on Protecting Sport from Competition Manipulation serves as a useful guide to understand the dynamics of competition manipulation and how to put in place national measures to prevent match-fixing and other corruption.

INTERPOL and the IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2014. Since then, the two organizations have widened the scope of joint activities, including close collaboration during the recent Olympic Games Rio 2016 and capacity building around the world through a joint Global Integrity in Sport Capacity Building Programme.