POSTED: September 11th 2014

IOC President Bach meets with INTERPOL Secretary General Noble

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble held talks at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday to discuss next steps in protecting sport from corruption.

The IOC and INTERPOL signed a Memorandum of Understanding earlier this year to strengthen the previous relationship between the two organisations. The Memorandum of Understanding outlines measures to improve governance with sport regulations and state legislation, as well as ways to make sure intelligence and investigations lead to regulatory enforcement.

Bach and Noble’s discussions revolved around ways to raise awareness for competition manipulation, the gathering of intelligence, conducting investigations, and disciplinary procedures amongst members of the Olympic Movement. While members of the Olympic Movement must be made aware of the risks of corruption in sport, the two also concluded the training of law enforcement authorities would be beneficial as criminal activities go hand in hand with manipulation of sport.

“Protecting the clean athletes from all forms of corruption and manipulation is our top priority,” Bach said. “Our increased collaboration with INTERPOL serves to safeguard the integrity of sport. We are very satisfied with the determination being demonstrated by INTERPOL to team up with the IOC in this fight for clean athletes. Together we continue to call on all governments, police authorities, and betting regulators to join us.”

“Building on the close collaboration between INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee is crucial to turning back crime threatening the integrity of sport,” Noble said. “Wider global law enforcement support will also help ensure that fans, competitors, and officials can safely enjoy international sporting events

“Our joint action against treats such as illegal and irregular betting will help underpin confidence in fair play by the public and all those who have a stake in keeping sports clean and safe. The role of INTERPOL is to ensure that the rule of law is respected; the role of the IOC is to ensure that the rule of sport is respected. So it is a perfect marriage.”

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games saw the debut of the IOC’s “Integrity Betting Intelligence System,” which organises alerts and information on betting habits in sport. The IOC signed Memorandums of Understanding with betting operators and regulators around the world with the intent of those parties to provide IBIS with information wen suspicious activity is suspected.

While IBIS is available to all International Federations, the IOC’s goal by the end of next year is to have all summer and winter International Federations join the system. INTERPOL will also provide training and support for International Federations, national sport organisations, and law enforcement agencies. 

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · IOC · INTERPOL · Thomas Bach · Corruption · Betting · Betting in Sport · Lausanne · Switzerland ·

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