IOC publishes code on the prevention of manipulation in competitions

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The International Olympic Committee has published a framework for the prevention of the manipulation of competition, which applies to all sports organisations bound by the Olympic Charter.

The code lays out a number of areas of compliance, such a definitions of manipulation, what constitutes a violation, how to implement the code and recommended disciplinary procedures.

The document reads: “Acknowledging the danger to sports integrity from the manipulation of sports competitions, all sports organisations restate their commitment to safeguarding the integrity of sport, including the protection of clean athletes and competitions as stated in Olympic Agenda 2020.”

All measures related to ethics and compliance, transparency and good governance recommended by Olympic Agenda 2020 have now been implemented. Measures include the creation of a US$10m fund to prevent match-fixing, manipulation and related corruption. The first implementation of the new code at a games will be in Rio de Janeiro next August, following last week’s approval by the IOC of the rules of application for the Olympic Games.

It continued: “Due to the complex nature of this threat, Sports Organisations recognise that they cannot tackle this threat alone, and hence cooperation with public authorities, in particular law enforcement and sports betting entities, is crucial. The purpose of this Code is to provide all Sports Organisations and their members with harmonised regulations to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation. This does not prevent Sports Organisations from having more stringent regulations in place.”

The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, tasked with building a better world through sport. It redistributes more than 90 per cent of its income to the wider sporting movement, which means that every day the equivalent of US$3.25m goes to help athletes and sports organisations at all levels around the world.

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