One of the world’s biggest sporting bodies has called for all stakeholders, including betting companies and betting regulators, to work together to tackle corruption.
The leadership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has underlined its focus on safeguarding sporting integrity at all levels, emphasising the centrality of this commitment to its ongoing work. In a statement published on its website to coincide with International Anti-Corruption Day on December, the IOC said that it was committed to strengthening its existing frameworks of collaboration. These have included a number of partnership initiatives including the launch of the United Against Corruption campaign earlier this year, in conjunction with the United Nations.
The IOC say that they recognise that fighting sports corruption on a global basis is complex, but they emphasise that one of the most important factors in this fight is ongoing cooperation between sports bodies, law enforcement authorities and regulators.
The IOC also point to their successful International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) scheme that was set up in 2017. This platform has been a way to bring together a range of different sports bodies and others, helping to develop cooperative frameworks through which the fight against sports corruption has been able to continue.
The IPACS system has also led to the creation of specialised task forces that have tackled a range of issues in the area of integrity, including sports monitoring, the reduction of risk in athlete exposu8re to potential corruption, and the strengthening of sports infrastructure.
And, going into 2020, the IOC has also launched a new campaign, entitled Believe in Sports, which is designed to help raise awareness among athletes and officials about the danger of corruption.
The organisation has also launched a Code of Conduct for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which includes a set of rules on betting designed to ensure that all participants are fully informed.