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16 March 2017

INTERPOL and IOC meeting in Seoul promotes sports integrity

SEOUL, Korea – INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a partnership development meeting in South Korea to promote integrity in sport amongst national stakeholders.

The 15 March meeting brought together key figures dealing with the national prevention of competition manipulation including representatives from law enforcement, the federal prosecutor’s office, the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, national sports federations, the National Gambling Control Commission, and the sports and justice ministries.

The meeting was opened by Kee Heung Lee, President of the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee, who underscored the need to create a global understanding of the need for sports integrity as the country prepares for the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang.

“It is imperative for Korea to create a conducive environment for clean sports as soon as possible. We are in a time period where there is an urgent need for sports organizations to come together and eradicate all forms of injustice in sports,” said Mr Lee.

He reaffirmed the country’s commitment to restoring the public’s confidence in sports, highlighting the national Olympic Committee’s Clean Sports Center which promotes fair and transparent sports policies.

Key areas for discussion during the meeting were the mechanisms in place for a national coordinated framework and identifying ways to overcome obstacles to cross-sector cooperation for efficient investigations. Exercises with real-life scenarios allowed the participants to experience how specific operational collaboration between sport, law enforcement and betting regulators and operators can be achieved.

The participants also discussed setting up a Joint Intelligence Integrity Unit for protecting the integrity of the PyeongChang Olympics, which could also serve as a lasting legacy to protect sport in the country from integrity breaches.