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IOC forms new unit to protect integrity of Rio 2016 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has stepped up efforts to protect clean athletes and prevent match-fixing during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which takes place in Brazil in August.

At a National Integrity in Sport workshop held jointly with INTERPOL in Rio de Janeiro last week, the IOC explained how it will operate a Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit (JIIU) in collaboration with experts from the Rio 2016 Organising Committee.

The JIIU will be responsible for the prevention, monitoring and assessment of any unethical activity related to the Olympic Games, and will be supported by the Department of Federal Police (DPF) and the Secretariat of Security for Major Events (SESGE), as well as INTERPOL when needed.

“In the lead-up to the Games, we are working closely with international police forces, Brazilian police and the Rio 2016 organisers to set up the necessary processes and coordinate actions for Games-time,” said Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, IOC chief ethics and compliance officer.

“As a sports organisation, the IOC can deal with disciplinary matters related to the Olympic Games; however we will then rely on the Brazilian authorities and their jurisdiction for criminal and security matters.”

Luiz Fernando Correa, Rio 2016 Olympic Games organising committee security director, commented: “Rio 2016 is fully committed to and engaged in the prevention and investigation of any form of crime against sport during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thus, Rio 2016 established the Joint Integrity Intelligence Unit with the IOC in order to guarantee the integrity of sport in partnership with the Brazilian authorities.”

Rogério Augusto Viana Galloro, executive-director, Brazilian Federal Police, who officially opened the two-day workshop, noted: “The integrity of sport all over the world is increasingly being threatened, with organised criminal groups trying to develop new ways of targeting the professional sport sector.

“A coordinated international prevention strategy, as conducted by INTERPOL and the IOC, is vital to tackle crime in sport.”

At the workshop the IOC and INTERPOL jointly launched the “Handbook on protecting sport from competition manipulation."

The new publication offers a guide to understanding the dynamics of competition manipulation and learning how to put in place national measures to prevent match-fixing and other corruption. It is targeted at law enforcement officers, as well as national and international sports governing bodies.

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