POSTED: January 30th 2014

International Olympic Committee, INTERPOL sign Memorandum of Understanding

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee signed a Memorandum of Understanding with INTERPOL and launched a new intelligence system linking all stakeholders involved in sports betting.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble signed the Memorandum of Understanding prior to its announcement Thursday.

INTERPOL has recently worked with the IOC to protect Olympic competitions from manipulation, including irregular and illegal betting.

With the new Memorandum of Understanding, the two organisations will work even closer together to protect the integrity of competition at the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. Doping, match-fixing, illegal/irregular betting activities and related corruption are all being targeted by INTERPOL and the IOC.

The two organisations will draft a strategy to set up initiatives in the field of education and awareness-raising for the next three years.

“INTERPOL has the ability and the necessary instruments to instigate cross-border investigations, coordinate different law enforcement bodies, and gather intelligence,” Bach said. “In our determined fight to protect the integrity of sport on behalf of clean athletes, INTERPOL’s involvement is absolutely crucial. The MoU has further cemented the close relationship we already enjoy.”

“As the world’s largest law enforcement ogranisation, it is natural for INTERPOL to team up with the International Olympic Committee to secure and protect such universal events as the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.”

Sochi 2014 will see the first use of the International Olympic Committee’s “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” (IBIS), which collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport.

IBIS will continue to be used during periods of time between editions of the Olympic Games for International Federations to use at major international events. IBIS will become the primary source of betting information for the Olympic Movement.

Last December, the International Olympic Committee Executive Board created two $10-million funds to help prevent manipulation of sports competitions and to fund new anti-doping research.

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · INTERPOL · Thomas Bach · Doping · Match-fixing · Olympic Games · Sochi 2014 · Youth Olympic Games · IBIS ·

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