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14 junio 2017

INTERPOL and IOC train Nordic sports bodies against manipulation

COPENHAGEN, Denmark ‒ Handling reports or suspicions of competition manipulation within sports organizations was the focus of a training session this week jointly organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and INTERPOL.

The three-day (12 - 14 June) event addressed the need for an effective, coordinated response from the sports world to counter the threat of competition manipulation and related corruption.

With many sports organizations and federations setting up dedicated integrity units, INTERPOL and the IOC have developed this training to equip sports organizations with skills to conduct fact-finding inquiries, investigate allegations or suspicions, and prepare reports for disciplinary panels. The training also comes as sports organizations and federations align regulations with the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.

During the training, 13 participants from National Olympic Committees and leading sports federations from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden were put before an unfolding scenario, opening with an allegation of competition manipulation.

The training also offered an in-depth look at the regulatory basis for fact-finding inquiries, which includes inquiry planning, information gathering and sharing, risk management, interviewing methods, stakeholder collaboration and coordination, and cooperation between sports disciplinary and criminal investigatory proceedings.

Many of these fact-finding skills for sports organizations are typical of police investigative work, and highlight the importance of the partnership between the IOC and INTERPOL in protecting the integrity of sports.

Participants received the INTERPOL-IOC Handbook on Conducting Fact-Finding Inquiries into Breaches of Sports Integrity. 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.