Sporting integrity association the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has entered into a partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to collaborate on a range of initiatives designed to address corruption and match-fixing.
The partnership was described as “a historical moment” for the ICSS by its president Mohammed Hanzab, who said that UNESCO’s intergovernmental mandate and influence would help his association’s “ongoing work for and commitment to the eradication of corruption in sport.”
The deal will see UNESCO and the ICSS work together on a number of key initiatives, including developing international and national controls to combat the manipulation of sporting results.
This will take the form of devising methodologies for sporting integrity standards and good practice; setting up mechanisms to facilitate cooperation and information sharing, as well as educational initiatives and campaigns to raise awareness.
The ICSS will also help support the implementation of key directives agreed at UNESCO’s World Conference of Sport Ministers, held in Berlin earlier this year. This entails the promotion of measures adopted by governments, sports governing bodies, law enforcement, professional sportspeople and the betting industry to help combat corruption in sport.
In addition UNESCO will help circulate and work with governments to discuss ways to implement the findings of research designed to establish guiding principles for sports integrity commissioned by the ICSS in collaboration with Paris’ Sorbonne University.
Massimiliano Montanari, director of international cooperation and external relations for the ICSS, said the agreement “integrates the authority of the United Nations with the informed and innovative capabilities of an international, neutral and non-governmental organization.”
“The ICSS looks forward to working closely with UNESCO in the development of tangible outcomes from this agreement,” he continued. “We need to ensure that young people grow up aware of integrity in sport; that they are inspired to participate in true and fair competition and are educated through the protection of the true values of sport.”
Alexander Schischlik, team leader of UNESCO’s anti-doping and sport programme, admitted that individual nations would struggle to stamp out threats to sports integrity without close collaboration with one another.
“With its international expertise, the ICSS is a strategic partner for UNESCO in the area of manipulation of sport competitions,” Schischlik added. “Together we can enhance our scientific, multi-stakeholder approach to this problem.”