regulator L’Autorité de régulation des jeux en ligne (ARJEL) is to offer
operational and practical training to the country’s sporting federations and
professional leagues as part of a drive to stamp out sports-related corruption
ahead of this summer's Olympic Games.
The agreement to
provide the training was finalised at a meeting earlier this month, attended by
integrity officials from France’s sports federations and leagues and ARJEL
president Charles Coppolani, alongside representatives of the Central Service
for the Prevention of Corruption.
Organised by France’s
Olympic Federation, the meeting was designed to take stock of efforts to stamp
out the manipulation of sporting competitions before the start of the Rio de
Janeiro Olympics in August.
To ensure France’s
Olympic team behaves with the utmost integrity the Federation’s secretary
general Jean-Michel Brun has voluntarily appointed an integrity officer. He
explained that such measures were necessary to “halt a scourge that has become
a parasite in […] society.”
French Secretary of
State for Sports Thierry Braillard established a national integrity platform in
January this year, allowing athletes and officials to easily access advice and
report offences. For the duration of the Olympics, an official will be
available around the clock to the team’s integrity officer to
address any concerns.
“Sports must serve as
the commander-in-chief in the fight against manipulation,” Coppolani said.
He added that by using
this national platform, athletes would be able to recognise when they are faced
with manipulation or attempted manipulation of a match, as well as
understanding their role in helping prevent such offences.
Brun added that all
Olympic participants are banned from betting for the duration of the
games and are also prohibited from sharing or using privileged
information, with a duty to warn the International Olympic Committee of any
The initial meeting
will be followed by two training sessions, the first to take place this Friday
(May 20th). Coppolani will hold an operational training day in ARJEL’s offices,
which will be followed by a second session focused on training to coordinate
the fight against sporting manipulation. This will take place on May 31st in
the French Ministry of Sports.