The prevention of competition manipulation webinars were tailored specifically to each NOC’s target audience, with real-life scenarios and practical examples a key feature of each session.

Adopting rules in line with the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions is a must for all NOCs and NFs.

Setting up a clear reporting mechanism can better enable and encourage athletes to share any key information relating to competition manipulation. The IOC Integrity Hotline can be used for this purpose.

The best way to prevent competition manipulation within sport is education. Making athletes, officials and entourage members aware of what competition manipulation is, and why it harms sport, is how we can continue to move towards a fairer environment.

This is why the IOC has made webinars available to NOCs and International Federations (IFs) on the topic of competition manipulation. The content is organised and delivered by IOC experts, while NOCs and IFs just need to coordinate the logistics, such as invitations, the date and the time. The sporting bodies can also decide the format of the webinar as well as the duration, to best suit their needs.

If you’re interested in hearing more about this, urge your NOC/IF to get in touch with us at omunitpmc@olympic.org.

In March 2021, the NOCs of Burundi, Ivory Coast and Morocco all hosted one of these webinars for members of their community.

Using practical examples

Burundi’s webinar welcomed approximately 40 participants. The two main focuses of the discussion were: the main principles surrounding competition manipulation (i.e. never share inside information, never bet on your sport, never fix a game), and the need for everyone involved in sport to report any suspicious activity that may come to their attention.

Those leading the presentation highlighted a number of case studies from recent years, including Olympic events in badminton and boxing. This use of practical examples and real-life scenarios helped the attendees to grasp the gravity of the issue and understand the direct consequences of competition manipulation.

Salvator Bigirimana, Secretary General of the NOC of Burundi, said afterwards: “[The participants] will be sharing the knowledge received with athletes in the country. We look forward to working with the OM Unit PMC again, and I encourage other NOCs to organise similar training sessions for their athletes.”

Led by experts

The webinars hosted by the Ivory Coast and Morocco were moderated by members of each NOC, with participants able to put their questions to experts from the IOC and INTERPOL’s Integrity in Sport Anti-Corruption Unit. Both webinars lasted 90 minutes and were aimed at raising awareness and educating the participants, with registration open to athletes and National Federation representatives.

The Ivory Coast NOC’s webinar featured an opening section on the basics of competition manipulation, with a second section targeted specifically at sports organisations on rule implementation, how to raise awareness and how to deal with any cases that might arise. This was followed by an interactive session during which around 20 participants, mainly athletes and NF representatives, had the chance to discuss real-life scenarios and practical cases.

Organisations are in regular contact with their athletes and have the capability to stress the importance of knowledge around competition manipulation. This includes sharing the Code of Conduct with athletes, and making sure that entourage members and officials surrounding athletes are also equipped with the knowledge of who they can turn to and what the next steps should be.

The importance of ambassadors was also highlighted during the presentation, with NOCs and IFs encouraged to nominate their own ambassador who can continue to support the process of raising awareness within sports organisations.

Aminata Fofana, Secretary General of the Ivory Coast NOC, praised the flexibility of the webinar’s format, saying: “These interactive presentations helped us further understand the risks linked to the matter.”

Now it’s your turn

These webinars are open to NOCs and IFs around the globe, and provide tools and resources to help athletes, entourage members and technical officials learn about competition manipulation. Each and every webinar is crafted specifically around your region or sport, and will give your members the knowledge they need to prevent competition manipulation.

Host your own competition manipulation webinar by contacting the IOC’s team through your NOC or IF at omunitpmc@olympic.org.

We look forward to working with the OM Unit PMC again, and I encourage other NOCs to organise similar training sessions for their athletes.

Salvator Bigirimana, NOC of Burundi