IOC 'taking lead' against match-fixing - ESSA

IOC 'taking lead' against match-fixing - ESSA

Friday, December 18, 2015 Totally Gaming
Thomas Bach said that sports had played a key role in the new code

Sport integrity unit ESSA has told TotallyGaming.com that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is “taking a lead” in the fight against match-fixing through its new code of ethics.

The Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions was unveiled on Thursday with the aim of providing the Olympic Movement and its members with harmonised regulations to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation.

The code, which is set to be fully implemented at the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will provide sports federations with a standardised list of regulations in areas such as match-fixing, corruption and illegal betting, with sanctions for violations ranging from a warning to a lifetime ban.

The IOC said that any sports organisation bound by the Olympic Charter are expected to respect the provisions of the new code, which was approved by the IOC Executive Board during its meetings last week, but added that it “does not prevent sports organisations from having more stringent regulations in place”.

Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA, told TotallyGaming.com: “It’s a positive move by the IOC. The organisation is taking a lead on this matter using the Council of Europe Convention as a base. Ultimately it’s down to the individual sports to implement these practices.”

ESSA provides an early warning system with the specific aim of detecting and deterring the corruption of ESSA members’ betting markets through the manipulation of sporting events. 

The code prohibits athletes from betting on competitions and multi-sport events they are directly involved in, and the sport in which they are compete. Athletes will also be banned from passing on inside information to outside parties.

Those athletes that fail to provide the IOC with any information regarding match-fixing and those that do not co-operate with the organisations during its investigations, will also face punishment.

IOC president Thomas Bach said that the code had been “a joint effort of various key stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, particularly the International Federations”.

Bach added: “We must do everything we can to protect the millions of clean athletes around the world. Protecting them goes hand in hand with ensuring the environment in which the athletes operate is safe from corrupting influences.”

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