IOC creates hotline to shop sports cheats

IOC creates hotline to shop sports cheats

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 Totally Gaming

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has established a new whistle-blower hotline to help protect sports integrity.

The web-based Integrity and Compliance Hotline is open to athletes, coaches, referees and the public who wish to anonymously report suspicious activities related to sporting competition.

The hotline was launched yesterday (Monday) at the first meeting of the IOC’s International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“The ultimate goal of all this is to protect the clean athletes and to give them, as far as we can, fair competition," IOC president Thomas Bach said. "When it comes to match-fixing, we have nothing like this.

“You cannot detect match-fixing and corruption by taking a blood test. We need the help and assistance of governments and police authorities who have much more power and much more information and more possibilities than sport can have.”

Among those in attendance at Lausanne were representatives from world governments, the Council of Europe, the European Union, Interpol, UN agencies, sports betting operators and Olympic sports federations.

IFSI called on European and non-European governments to sign the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, which particularly ensures that domestic laws enable criminal investigations and sanctioning of the manipulation of sports competitions when it involves either coercive, corrupt or fraudulent practices.

“When it comes to the fight against manipulation and related corruption, sport needs the help and cooperation of governments and governmental authorities and other stakeholders much more than in any other area,” Bach added.

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