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05 décembre 2016

IOC and INTERPOL host national integrity in sport training in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine - Protecting the integrity of sport in Ukraine was the focus of a National Integrity in Sport Workshop held jointly by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and INTERPOL.

Some 80 participants from law enforcement, the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Sport Federation, public authorities and the betting industry took part in the one-day (1 December) training focusing on the criminal challenge posed by competition manipulation and other threats to the integrity of sport

Key areas addressed during the workshop included:

  • Developing knowledge and understanding of the global threat from competition manipulation and irregular/illegal sports betting and its impact at the national level;
  • Identifying current good practice and ways to prevent competition manipulation and corruption in sport;
  • Recognizing ways of preventing and responding to possible breaches of integrity.

Officially opening the workshop, Ukraine’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Ihor Zhdanov said: “Match-fixing continues to be one of the biggest threats to the integrity of sport around the world, including in Ukraine. It is also a source of corruption offences in any country. It is Ukraine’s clear and principled position that we will continue to adhere strictly to the requirements of international and European legislation for the protection of the moral and ethical values of sport.”

Pavlo Kostenko, on behalf of the NOC of Ukraine said: “The NOC of Ukraine was one of the initiators of the signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions in Ukraine. The NOC also participated in the drafting of the Law of Ukraine on the prevention of the manipulation of official sports corruption offences.”

The IOC and INTERPOL “Handbook on Protecting Sport from Competition Manipulation” serves as a useful guide to understand the dynamics of competition manipulation and how to put in place national measures to prevent match-fixing and other corruption.

INTERPOL and the IOC signed a Memorandum of Understanding in January 2014. Since then, the two organizations have widened the scope of joint activities, including close collaboration during the recent Olympic Games Rio 2016 and capacity-building around the world through a joint Global Integrity in Sport Capacity Building Programme.