EL & world of sports – Sports Integrity Conference, International Olympic Committee, integrating refugees through sports

ISC Sports Integrity Conference; Lotteries participate in the 2nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) International Forum for Sports Integrity; EL teams up with strong partners in a project seeking to integrate refugees through sport.

ISC Sports Integrity Conference: Lotteries convene key stakeholders in the fight against match-fixing to share views, measure progress and coordinate for future actions   

Chairman of EL Sport Committee, Torbjorn Almlid, delivering the closing address on behalf of EL and WLA, underlining the obstacles illegal operators are posing to the overall fight against match-fixing

Having a supporter status in the Sports Integrity Conference, held on 7 December 2016 in Geneva, as part of the International Sports Convention (7-8 December 2016, Geneva), EL and WLA convened all major key stakeholders in the preservation of sports integrity to discuss the state of play and the state of on-going work, facts and figures, and lessons learned from past cases and investigations, as well as forward-looking strategies.

Attended by more than 100 participants, the Sports Integrity Conference included presentations of more than 20 international experts in the field, coming from different areas, including the sport and the Olympic movement, the European Commission and the Council of Europe, the academic world and also the betting sector. Moderated by Secretary General of the Finnish Center of Sports Integrity, Harri Syväsalmi and GLMS Secretary General, Sarah Lacarrière, the one-day Conference was organised to address sports integrity from global to specific, looking first at principles and realities underpinned by this notion as well as the mapping of stakeholders involved on this vast field of play, and then focus on the competition manipulation growing threat notably linked to modern sports betting developments.

All speakers agreed that it is now vital that the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions enters into force and more states start working towards the development of a national platform. The significant contribution of Lotteries in the fight against match-fixing through the provision of information on irregular betting patterns via their risk management systems and the establishment of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) was highlighted and welcomed. Many speakers also pointed out the obstacles that illegal betting operators pose regarding efficient information sharing among the national actors.

Lotteries participate in the 2nd International Olympic Committee (IOC) International Forum for Sports Integrity

International Forum for Sports Integrity, Auditorium du Musée Olympique

The European Lotteries Association (EL) and the World Lottery Association (WLA), upon invitation of the IOC President, Thomas Bach, participated on February 15 in the 2nd IOC International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI), organised in Lausanne. Lotteries joined a wide range of stakeholders from the sports movement, governments, the Council of Europe, the EU and the UN, who flocked to Lausanne on this occasion and had the chance to discuss issues related to match-fixing and good governance in sport.

Taking part in one of the panels, WLA President, Jean-Luc Moner-Banet expressed the Lotteries’ support to the IOC relevant actions and stated ”I would like to underline the importance and added value of the recently created Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), which ensures monitoring of betting patterns 24/7, with active participation of Lottery Members from all over the world”. EL President, Hansjörg Höltkemeier, added, “Integrity has always been a core lottery value and has been enabling EL Members not only to set an example in terms of the responsibility of their sports betting operations, but also to fight against match-fixing with concrete actions, including education and capacity building of a wide range of stakeholders around Europe.”

The outcome of the Forum was brought together in a Declaration which, amongst other commitments, urged governments to ratify the Council of Europe Convention, outlined the establishment of an Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions and the launch of an International Sports Integrity Partnership. In the coming months, there will be further work for the implementation of the Declaration.

 EL teams up with strong partners in a project seeking to integrate refugees through sport

The ASPIRE project partners at the project kick-off meeting

The Project ASPIRE (Activities, Sport & Play for the Integration of Refugees in Europe), led by the European Non-Governmental Organisation (ENGSO) and co-funded by the European Commission, through its ERASMUS+ programme, was launched on 8-9 February in Brussels. In addition to the European Lotteries (EL), the project comprises a very strong network of partners, including the International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education (ICSSPE), the Council of Europe (CoE), the European Observatory on Sport and Employment (EOSE) and a good number of national sport partners.

Commenting on the kick-off of the ASPIRE project, EL President Hansjörg Höltkemeier noted: “Commitment to society has always been a cornerstone of our model. As European Lotteries, we are deeply concerned by the current refugees’ crisis and we believe that sport and play activities constitute an excellent tool for the social integration, empowerment and trauma relief of refugees. We are positive that the ASPIRE project will have a lasting societal impact and EL is looking forward to be actively involved in this significant initiative.”

The ASPIRE project will start with research on relevant best practices in order to ground the development of further project activities on underpinning evidence. The research will lead to the creation of a handbook and a training module, which will be disseminated in the second phase of the project through national trainings in the countries of the project partners. The project will finish with the organisation of a Pan-European event for further dissemination of the project outcomes.

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