ASOIF participated in the General Conference of the International Partnership Against Corruption In Sport (IPACS), which gathered more than 250 representatives from governments, intergovernmental organisations, international sports organisations and dedicated expert organisations on 15 December in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The event, organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), was held just ahead of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption, and attracted more than 50 governments.
John Brandolino, Director for the Division for Treaty Affairs, UNODC, stressed in his opening address the power of sport as well as the repercussions of corruption: “Sport has the power to change perceptions, prejudices and behaviours, as well as the ability to inspire people, and break down racial, political and gender barriers. But sport cannot fulfil this role if it is undermined by corruption”. Brandolino also underlined the importance of IPACS: “Building and developing sustainable partnerships is an essential part of our efforts, and IPACS is the best example of how multilateral cooperation can help counter corruption in sport.”
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), urged governments to join in the global fight against corruption in sport: “We know we cannot win this fight on our own. We need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement. This is why IPACS is so important. It brings together all actors that have a stake in fighting corruption in sport.”
The Conference was an opportunity to show the important progress accomplished during the last year and ASOIF presented how IPACS is working on optimising the processes of compliance with good governance principles to mitigate the risk of corruption. In fact, IPACS agreed to use ASOIF’s indicators, designed specifically for the governance assessment of International Federations (IFs), as a basis in order to develop a benchmark for sports governance at international and national level. These indicators were endorsed by the 14th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport.
Other expert taskforces have worked on reducing the risk of corruption in procurement relating to sporting events and infrastructure, ensuring integrity in the selection of major sporting events and improving cooperation between criminal justice authorities and sports organisations. Building on OECD standards, IPACS has designed risk assessment tools for the procurement of sports-related infrastructure and contributed to the development of practical guidelines. These guidelines will support and benefit from the expertise of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games Organising Committee and be made available to other future organisers of Olympic Games, Youth Olympic Games and other major sports events. In addition, IPACS is in the process of finalising a study on how to improve the management mechanisms of conflicts of interests within sports organisations. The document, which will be published shortly, makes concrete recommendations and showcases best practice examples from the Olympic and Sports Movement.
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