UNODC and IOC launch Guide to help detect wrongdoing in Sport

UNODC and IOC launch Guide to help detect wrongdoing in SportLausanne (Switzerland), 29 October 2019 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched the publication " Reporting Mechanisms in Sport: A Practical Guide for Development and Implementation" on 28 October at the third edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI).

Developed with the support of over 40 experts, the publication seeks to assist sports organizations, governments, and relevant stakeholders in the development and implementation of effective reporting mechanisms for use in sport. Ultimately the aim is to enhance the detection of threats to sport and promote effective ways to report them.

The third edition of IFSI, organised by the International Olympic Committee in its new headquarters "Olympic House", gathered some 100 key stakeholders representing the Olympic Movement, INTERPOL, EUROPOL, UN agencies, sports betting operators, national regulating authorities, academics and other expert organisations. All participants reaffirmed their determination to protect clean athletes and fair competition.

Speaking at the event, IOC President Thomas Bach said: "This gathering today reflects the very nature of the IFSI, which is cooperation and partnership. We are a community which shares a common goal to protect competitions from manipulation and from related corruption."

Ronan O'Laoire, the Global Coordinator for UNODC's Global Programme for Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Crime pointed to the importance of developing effective reporting mechanisms in sport: "It is crucial for government agencies and sports organizations to identify and apprehend those responsible for wrongdoing in sport, including competition manipulation. Having effective reporting mechanisms in place to facilitate this is essential and we believe that the Guide on Reporting Mechanisms in Sport, developed through our partnership with the IOC, sets out a highly effective basis to do just that" he said.

Further Information:

Reporting Mechanisms in Sport: A Practical Guide for Development and Implementation

UNODC's work on Safeguarding Sport

Safeguarding Sport Resources

Detecting corruption and crime in sport key to protecting its integrity