Integrity in sport means ensuring that the organisation of, participation in, and results of a sporting competition are fair and free from manipulation.
INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee have co-hosted a partnership development meeting and law enforcement training session to help ensure integrity in sport at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
The three day event was held in Brisbane, Australia on November 6-8, 2017 and involved key stakeholders in Australian and Commonwealth sport.
The training course worked to enhance skills and resources available for Queensland Police to combat match-fixing and investigate competition manipulation, as well as to promote the exchange of information and evidence evaluation between police and sports organisations.
Participants took part in exercises using real-life scenarios to experience how operational collaboration can be achieved between sport institutions, law enforcement and betting regulators and operators.
The two day training course was followed by the partnership development meeting in which high-level officials discussed protecting and promoting the integrity of sporting competitions, with particular respect to the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Both sessions were held as part of Australia’s preparations for hosting the Games, which is receiving additional support from Sportradar, a corporation that collects and analyses sports data to safeguard competition integrity.
A two-day match-fixing conference followed on from the INTERPOL-IOC events, organised by the Queensland Police, to foster sports and law enforcement collaboration and information exchange.
INTERPOL and the IOC have worked together on a number of initiatives since 2014, including collaboration during the Olympic Games and global capacity building.
Many of the practices that prove effective during the 2018 Games will be incorporated into future INTERPOL-IOC capacity building training and integrity in sport programmes.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker of the Queensland Police said: “The expertise shared by the IOC and INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport unit will provide a legacy to the Queensland Police Service to professionally address the international crime trend of match-fixing.”
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