More than 100 international sports organisations, governments and experts from around the world met in London last week to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport.
Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) meeting addressed specific challenges, including how to manage conflicts of interests in awarding major sporting events. They also discussed tools for preventing corruption linked to procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded, as well as the implementation of good governance principles.
On the occasion of this important event, IOC President Thomas Bach said, “the IOC remains committed to fighting corruption in sport at all levels. Integrity entails credibility, and corruption threatens the very credibility of sports organisations as well as competitions. We know we cannot win this fight alone but need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement. That is the value of IPACS, a very pragmatic partnership which can get together quickly and offer effective solutions on pressing topics. The high-level support IPACS received today is invaluable and will further strengthen our team efforts.”
FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis stated: “The International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) has created a vital between sports organisations and government authorities which is a major step in tackling this very serious problem effectively. The significant participation of so many sports organisations and government representatives from all over the world demonstrates the commitment from all parties.”
The next meeting of IPACS will take place by mid-2019, with the aim of discussing potential new focus areas for the partnership and reporting on progress achieved since the 2018 event.