Safeguarding sport from corruption in the ASEAN: UNODC delivers second workshop as part of EU-funded project

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Kuala Lumpur, 15-16 May 2023 – More than 60 representatives from anti-corruption entities, criminal justice authorities, governments, sports organizations, and private sector from the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) participated in the two-day workshop on “Safeguarding sport from corruption: Focus on the ASEAN” organized by UNODC through its Programme on Safeguarding Sport from Corruption and Economic Crime.
Held in cooperation with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the event will be hosted by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), supported by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and funded through the generous financial support of the European Union (EU).
The workshop will include discussions and interactive activities aimed at building capacity and knowledge on a range of topics including competition manipulation, detection and reporting of corruption offenses, illegal betting, corruption risks during major sport events, good governance of sport, organized crime in sport, abuse in sport, and corruption and crime associated with the transfer of athletes.

This second regional workshop is part of the activities implemented by UNODC under the project “Safeguarding Sport from Corruption: Asia and the Pacific” (2019-2023), generously funded by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport, and Culture (DG EAC).

With a focus on match-fixing and the prevention of corruption in sports events, the project raises awareness and builds capacities within these areas. The project will ultimately facilitate the exchange of good practices to mitigate corruption risks in sport among governments, sports organizations and other relevant stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific.

The overall purpose of the regional workshop is to enhance operational cooperation, coordination and information, awareness raising and communication between relevant actors. The knowledge acquired during the workshop will help the beneficiaries from the ASEAN deliver on future work on tackling corruption and crime in sport.