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
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.
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
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.