Sporting integrity organisation the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has signed an agreement with the Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth (IPDJ) to develop programmes to ensure the highest ethical standards in the country’s sporting competitions.

The deal has been ratified by Portugal’s Secretary of State of Sport and Youth as part of a major drive by the government to safeguard the integrity of sport across the country and in other Portuguese-speaking nations.

Similar to the deal agreed with Spain’s Council of Sports, the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) last week – the ICSS’ first government partnership – the two bodies will share information, knowledge and best practice on issues relating to the safety and security of sport.

They will organise conferences, seminars and workshops designed to promote sporting integrity in sporting federations, leagues, clubs, coaches, referees and athletes, with a focus on younger people.

The ICSS and IPDJ will also work together on developing a specific set of principles for Portugal and Portuguese-speaking nations based on the Sorbonne-ICSS Guiding Principles for Sport Integrity, similar to the CSD partnership.

ICSS president Mohammed Hanzab said the partnership would build on the National Plan for Ethics in Sports devised by the Portuguese authorities.

“The ICSS and the Portuguese authorities are both passionate about sport and determined to raise awareness of its positive values, particularly among young people. The ICSS is already working with The Olympic Committee of Portugal and involved in a major initiative with UNICEF in Brazil,” Hanzab said. “As part of this agreement, further international projects will be developed that draw on the ICSS’s knowledge and team of world-leading experts to ensure that sport and its core values are protected.”

Portugal’s Secretary of State of Sport and Youth Emídio Guerreiro explained that he believed close cooperation with integrity bodies was the best way to safeguard integrity in sport.

“We are in the front line of fight against doping, match-fixing and all forms of interference to sport values and that is why the Portuguese Government has launch a comprehensive and long term plan in 2012 to safeguard the integrity and the highest ethical standards in sport, the “National Plan of Ethics in Sport” (PNED); we see ICSS as an important partner, with an international leading role in this context and look forward to enforce and enhance the best cooperation possible through our National Sports and Youth Institute in this field,” he said.

The partnership was agreed by ICSS Europe’s new chief executive Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros.

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