Olympic sports boosted by anti-fixing action

Olympic sports boosted by anti-fixing action

Monday, August 3, 2015
Andrew Ryan is pleased with steps taken by ASOIF members

Sport is taking a tough and innovative line against match-fixing and corruption according to the organisation that oversees the events that take part in the summer Olympic Games.

Allegations in this weekend’s Sunday Times newspaper suggested that doping is rife in athletics, with the UK newspaper claiming to have seen evidence that a third of medals in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious blood tests.

Drugs and match-fixing are two of the major threats to sports integrity and, while the world again reels at the possibility of widespread doping, the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) can point to a new anti-corruption code and the recent rollout of a betting integrity system to all its members as signs of success.

Andrew Ryan, executive director of ASOIF, told TotallyGaming.com that he is confident that his body and its members are taking positive steps to deter cheating related to betting.

“Sports integrity is a top priority for ASOIF and its members,” Ryan said. “During recent years, we have taken various measures to help protect clean athletes and fair competitions. For instance, ASOIF has set up IF model rules for betting and anti-corruption regulations which have been taken on board by a number of sports federations.

“Since 2013, ASOIF has also been organising yearly Good Governance Workshops for its member federations and in close cooperation with the IOC.”

The IF model rules set out a series of standardised regulations that sports can follow and impose upon their athletes and other personnel. The document begins by stating that “the integrity of sport depends on the outcome of sporting events and competitions being based entirely on the competing merits of the participants involved. Any form of corruption that might undermine public confidence in the integrity of a sporting contest is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport and must be eradicated at all costs”.

Ryan also gave his backing to the announcement that all 28 summer International Federations (IFs) have signed up to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Integrity Betting System (IBIS) ahead of next year’s Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

First introduced in January 2014, the IBIS monitoring system collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting across sports, event owners and the major sports betting operators. The system is capable of monitoring all Olympic sports, their main international competitions, as well as the Olympic Games showpiece event.

“It goes without saying that, with more than a year to go to Rio, we are very delighted to see all 28 Summer IFs signed up to IBIS,” Ryan told TotallyGaming.com. “This is definitely a clear signal by the IFs that they are committed to fight for a clean sport and that they embrace this new monitoring system.

“We think it was a brilliant idea of the IOC to create such a system that can integrate all sports, event owners and the major sports betting entities. As in other areas it is crucial that all key players align and coordinate their action.”
 

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