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IOC, UNODC extend collaboration to fight corruption and crime in sport

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Lausanne, Nov 9 (IANS) With a particular focus on preventing youth crime, violence, and drug use through sport, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) extended their memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in fighting corruption and crime in sport.

The new agreement was signed on Tuesday at Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland, by IOC President Thomas Bach and UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly is set to remain in force until the end of 2025.

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“The IOC is a values-based organisation. Therefore, we have the duty to uphold good governance and integrity,” said the IOC President. “This MoU will greatly strengthen the cooperation between the IOC and UNODC. We will cooperate in a number of different areas, specifically on capacity-building, training programmes, and awareness-raising events that aim to tackle corruption and crime in sport.

“In addition, we collaborate in the prevention of the manipulation of sports competitions. Through the extended cooperation, we will also use sport as a tool to prevent youth crime, violence, and drug use,” Bach said.

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The IOC and UNODC have a long-standing relationship. The two organisations regularly review the effectiveness of their joint initiatives and develop them further to address new trends and needs, the IOC informed in a release on Tuesday.

The new MoU covers the various areas of cooperation like supporting capacity-building, training programmes, awareness-raising events, and related initiatives aimed at tackling corruption and crime in sport, including within sports organisations and in relation to the manipulation of sports competitions, as well as preventing youth crime, violence, and drug use through sport;

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It will also promote exchanging information and expertise regarding tackling corruption and crime in sport, as well as preventing youth crime, violence, and drug use through sport; and supporting activities to e’hance sport’s contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and also promoting sport for development and peace through joint programming, including in the context of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other sports events.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the fourth edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI), which brings together over 500 stakeholders representing the Olympic Movement, intergovernmental agencies, governments, the betting industry, and other sectors.

All four intergovernmental organisations that specialise in anti-corruption participated with high-level representatives: the UNODC, the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and INTERPOL.

–IANS

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