The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to set up an Olympic Movement monitoring tool to collect information on suspicious betting activity.

The topic of match-fixing was discussed in a four-day seminar earlier this week in Montreux, Switzerland, involving the Executive Board (EB) of the IOC.

Discussions were led by IOC president Thomas Bach and centred on key issues pertinent to the future of the Olympic Movement. This included five main themes: The Uniqueness of the Games; Athletes at the Heart of the Olympic Movement; Olympism in Action; The IOC’s Role; and The Structure and Organisation of the IOC.
 
As regards the threat of match-fixing in sport, the IOC said it would look to protect clean athletes from “any manipulation or related corruption” through a $10m fund, although it did not explain how it would achieve this.

It also approved the setting up of an Olympic Movement monitoring tool to collate alerts and information on manipulation through betting.  

The Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) will collate and distribute intelligence and research from International Federations. It was also announced that the IOC would sign a memorandum of understanding with Interpol at the beginning of next year.

The ideas generated at the meeting will form the basis of the Olympic Agenda 2020, a roadmap for the Olympic Movement under Bach’s presidency that is expected to be finalised by the end of 2014.  

The ideas and proposals generated will be discussed by the full session of the IOC in Sochi, and those selected will then be taken forward by working groups which will present concrete proposals later in the year.

Following the 126th IOC Session in Sochi, working groups including representatives of stakeholders will be established to translate the discussion into concrete recommendations. The Olympic Agenda 2020 will then be presented for final approval to an IOC Extraordinary Session to be held in December 2014 in Monaco.

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