IOC builds on London anti-corruption initiatives for Brazil 2016

IOC builds on London anti-corruption initiatives for Brazil 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 Posted by Andy McCarron
The IOC has held an anti-corruption workshop in Rio ahead of Brazil 2016

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is building on the successful anti-corruption initiatives it introduced during the London Olympics in 2012 in order to safeguard the integrity of this year’s Summer Games in Brazil.

The key to the scheme is the Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit (JIIU), which the IOC is operating in collaboration with experts from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee. The JIIU will be responsible for the prevention, monitoring and assessment of any unethical activity related to the Olympic Games, and will be supported by the Department of Federal Police (DPF) and the Secretariat of Security for Major Events (SESGE), with INTERPOL on standby in case there is any criminal activity discovered.

The JIIU is building on the experience gathered during London 2012, when the IOC operated a similar Joint Assessment Unit with the UK Gambling Commission. 

The IOC has already been working alongside INTERPOL as they co-hosted a National Integrity in Sport Workshop in Rio de Janeiro this week in order to communicate the plans with the local Brazilian police forces and the government.

Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, explained: “This two-day workshop, part of the IOC-INTERPOL Global Capacity Building and Training Initiative, brought together all the key players and was an invaluable opportunity to discuss possible scenarios.

“In the lead-up to the Games, we are working closely with international police forces, Brazilian police and the Rio 2016 organisers to set up the necessary processes and coordinate actions for Games-time. As a sports organisation, the IOC can deal with disciplinary matters related to the Olympic Games; however we will then rely on the Brazilian authorities and their jurisdiction for criminal and security matters.”

The IOC’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), a mechanism for the exchange of information and intelligence related to sports betting, will be a tool for the JIIU to prevent Olympic events from competition manipulation. All the Olympic Summer International Federations as well as various betting operators have signed up to IBIS.

Rogério Augusto Viana Galloro, Executive-Director at Brazilian Federal Police, added: “The integrity of sport all over the world is increasingly being threatened, with organised criminal groups trying to develop new ways of targeting the professional sport sector. A coordinated international prevention strategy, as conducted by INTERPOL and the IOC, is vital to tackle crime in sport.” Says: "The prevalence of sports betting in the UK more or less forced the hands of the IOC to engage with bookmakers back in 2012 in order to tackle match fixing. At the time sporting bodies were still quite hands-off when it came to dealing with the betting industry, seeing it as the cause of the corruption rather than part of the cure. 

"However the IOC’s actions in joining forces with the industry and its stakeholders was the catalyst for wider co-operation between betting and sporting bodies around the world. It helped that London 2012 passed without any betting scandal casting a shadow over the integrity of the competition now."

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