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06 Dec 2018

ASOIF participates in major summit as part of global fight against corruption in sport

ASOIF together with the IOC, 12 Summer Olympic International Federations (IFs), other international sports organisations, more than 100 ministers and experts from around the world met in London (UK) today to reaffirm their global commitment to tackling corruption in sport.

Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) meeting addressed specific challenges, including how to manage conflicts of interests in awarding major sporting events to ensure that the process is fair and transparent. They also discussed tools for preventing corruption linked to procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded, as well as the implementation of good governance principles as a key mitigating factor against corruption in sports organisations. Speakers at the high-level event included Roxana Maracineanu, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, France; Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General, Council of Europe; Baron Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant, IOC Member; and Bill Beaumont, President of World Rugby.

ASOIF has contributed in particular with its experience gained through the extensive work of its Governance Task Force (GTF) which helps IFs to promote and ensure a culture of good governance within their structures. The Task Force has also conducted governance reviews of each of its members. In addition, a new Governance Support and Monitoring Unit (GSMU) is now operational and complements the GTF’s work by helping IFs evolve from the adoption of principles and rules to tangible performances in good governance. The new unit focuses on recommending concrete action, especially to IFs having difficulties introducing governance reforms. ASOIF’s efforts in this field were officially recognised by the Council of Europe.

On the occasion of today’s summit, ASOIF President Francesco Ricci Bitti said: “For ASOIF, it is very important to be part of IPACS. The support of governments and inter-governmental organisations is crucial in order to root out corruption in sport. We need to be well coordinated in our strategy and action and IPACS is an important platform for exactly that purpose.”

The next meeting of IPACS will take place by mid-2019, with the aim of discussing potential new focus areas for the Partnership and reporting on progress achieved since the 2018 High-Level event.

Click here to read the official press release.