LONDON, UK – Developing the investigative techniques of sports organizations in relation to competition manipulation was the focus of a fact-finding training session jointly organized by INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Hosted by the British Olympic Association (BOA), the two-day event (12 and 13 June) addressed the need for an effective, coordinated response from the sports world to the threat of competition manipulation and related corruption.
With many sports organizations and federations setting up dedicated integrity units, and bringing their regulations in line with the IOC Code on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, INTERPOL and the IOC have developed this training to equip individuals in sports organizations with skills to conduct fact-finding inquiries related to allegations or suspicions, and report to disciplinary panels.
Many of these fact-finding skills for sports organizations are typical of police investigative work, and highlight the importance of the partnership between INTERPOL and the IOC in protecting the integrity of sports.
“Without integrity sport is lost. In the face of changing and evolving threats, training has never been more important,” said Sir Hugh Robertson, Chairman of the British Olympic Association.
Some 25 representatives of national sports federations in the UK took part in the training, with contributions and presentations by major UK-based organizations including the Sports Betting Integrity Unit of the UK Gambling Commission, the British Horseracing Authority, the Tennis Integrity Unit as well as Sportradar.
The INTERPOL-IOC Handbook on Conducting Fact-Finding Inquiries into Breaches of Sports Integrity was provided during the training. The Handbook is an important reference for experts in National Olympic Committees and International Federations to make complex, challenging inquiries more manageable, transparent and accountable.