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10 November 2017

Joint INTERPOL-IOC training in Australia promotes sports integrity

BRISBANE, Australia – Key stakeholders across Australia have come together to develop solid partnerships to combat competition manipulation and promote integrity in sport.

A two-day (6 and 7 November) joint INTERPOL-International Olympic Committee (IOC) Law Enforcement Training to strengthen capacity for the Queensland Police discussed match-fixing and investigations into competition manipulation, evidence evaluation and information exchange between police and sports organizations.

The training course was followed by a one-day partnership development meeting designed to bring together high-level actors to protect the integrity of competitions during 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

Exercises using real-life scenarios allowed the participants to experience first-hand how operational collaboration between sport, law enforcement and betting regulators and operators can be achieved.

The meetings were held in cooperation with the Queensland Police, as part of Australia’s preparations for hosting the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Additional support was provided by SportRadar, which leverages sports data to protect the integrity of competitions.

Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Queensland Police said: “The expertise shared by the IOC and INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport unit will provide a legacy to the Queensland Police Service to professionally address the international crime trend of match-fixing.”

The INTERPOL – IOC events fed into a two-day match-fixing conference organized by the Queensland Police to foster collaboration and information exchange between sports and law enforcement.

INTERPOL and the IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2014. Since then, the two organizations have worked together on a range of initiatives, including close collaboration during the Olympic Games and global capacity building.

Many of the best practices developed by Australia to promote integrity in sport will be incorporated into the INTERPOL – IOC capacity building training and programmes.