Global sports chiefs meet in London to tackle corruption

Global sports chiefs meet in London to tackle corruption

Over 100 government ministers from around the world gathered in London on Thursday for a major summit as part of global fight against corruption in sport.

They were joined by delegates from international sports organisations and experts from around the world to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport.

Attendees at the three-day summit include representatives from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, Interpol and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) met to discuss how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding major sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent.

They would also develop tools to prevent corruption around procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded.

Britain’s Culture and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: “Today’s event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport.

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“Every fan and athlete should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld.’’

The event has been coordinated by a Core Group of partners including the Council of Europe, the IOC and the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD).

Others partners are the UK Government, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IPACS consisting of a Steering Committee composed of governments, sports organisations and inter-governmental organisations.

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