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Sports chiefs from around the world meet in London to tackle corruption

IANS  |  London 

More than 100 government ministers from around the world gathered here on Thursday for a as part of the global fight against in

They were joined by delegates from international organisations and experts from around the world to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling in sport, reports

Attendees at the three-day include representatives from the and Paralympics, the and British Association, and Federation.

Delegates at the International Partnership Against in Sport (IPACS) met to discuss how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent.

They will also develop tools to prevent corruption around procurement at events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded.

Britain's Culture and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: "Today's event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport. Every fan and should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld."

The event has been co-ordinated by a Group of partners including the Council of Europe, the IOC, the (OECD), the UK Government, and the (UNODC), IPACS consists of a composed of governments, sports organisations and inter-governmental organisations.

Thomas Bach, of the IOC, said: "The remains committed to fight 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 enforcement."

Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, of the Council of Europe, said: "Match-fixing, illegal betting, bad governance, insider information, conflicts of interest, and the use of clubs as shell companies, the covers all these aspects through the Macolin Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, signed today by the UK of Sport, as well as through the anti-corruption body, GRECO.

"We are ready to develop further an inclusive co-operation framework with states and other international stakeholders to be put at the service of our IPACS partners. When it comes to corruption in sport, there must be a change of gear. We must enable national governments, international organisations and sporting bodies to demonstrate their capacity to take on this problem in a spirit of unity, determination and effectiveness."

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 21:20 IST
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