French Secretary of State updated on INTERPOL initiatives to protect sports
LYON, France – During a visit to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters, France’s Secretary of State for Sport, Thierry Braillard, was briefed on initiatives to help police combat doping in sport and protect major sporting events.
Meetings during the visit covered INTERPOL’s joint efforts with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against sports doping. These include tackling the criminal networks behind doping in athletics and the trafficking of performance-enhancing drugs.
Under Operation Augeas launched in November 2015, INTERPOL is coordinating a global investigation led by French authorities into an alleged international doping corruption scam involving sports officials and athletes.
The Secretary of State stressed the strategic importance of INTERPOL in fighting doping, in protecting major events and against crime in sport. He said INTERPOL could play an active role in the operational implementation of the Macolin Convention on sports manipulation which he signed on France’s behalf.
In discussions with Mr Braillard, INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock highlighted the world police body’s strong cooperation with France and how sports crimes respect no borders.
In this respect INTERPOL is working with French authorities on the Euro 2016 football championship where an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) will be deployed. Another IMEST will be deployed to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
The Secretary of State was also briefed on INTERPOL’s Project Stadia. Funded by Qatar, the project aims to create international standards to support preparations by INTERPOL member countries on both the physical and cyber security of major sporting events.
By bringing together best practices, successes and lessons learnt from member countries which have successfully hosted major international events, the project will help provide future hosts with global expertise to boost their security preparations.