Anti-Match-Fixing Measures Proposed by the IOC for the Beijing 2022 Olympics

February 1, 2022

On Friday of this week, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 will begin. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that it has put in place a number of safeguards to ensure the integrity of the games and prevent match-fixing.

The Olympic Integrity Unit has finished its risk assessment.

In any sport or sector, risk assessment is essential. The Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of Competition Manipulation (OM Unit PMC) undertook a risk assessment of the 15 disciplines within the seven winter sports at the Olympic Games in Beijing over the last few months.

As a result, the unit informed the International Sports Federations of its findings (IFs). Throughout the games, the IOC will communicate with all of the IFs and, if required, will call attention to any rule violations.

The IOC has appointed eight athlete ambassadors as part of its efforts to protect the Olympic Games' integrity. They are current and previous athletes who represent a variety of countries and sports.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has dispatched athlete ambassadors to combat match-fixing.

Ambassador Danka Bartenkova, a member of the IOC Ethics Commission and an Olympic medalist in shooting, stressed the importance of maintaining the sport's integrity. Match-fixing, she explained, destroys "the passion for sport that all players have." Finally, Bartenkova stated that players want fair play, which she believes may be achieved by teaching all athletes on how to protect themselves and the sport from match-fixing.

Aside from athlete ambassadors, the IOC has launched a unique effort to combat match-fixing. Make The Right Decision is a programme that includes instructional materials translated into more than 20 languages. Other teaching resources, as well as an e-learning course, are included in the campaign.

All athletes, coaches, and other officials participating in the Beijing Olympics are prohibited from wagering on any Olympic event, according to the existing Code of Conduct. Furthermore, such individuals must not divulge confidential information or attempt to manipulate any of the competitions. They must also report any such violations to the IOC's integrity hotline.

Sports betting will be monitored by a number of organisations.

The monitoring of sports betting is another way that will be utilised to help avoid competitive manipulation. This isn't a brand-new method for detecting possible match-fixing. Since 2008, all Olympic Games have been monitored, and Beijing will be no exception. The Olympic competitions will be monitored by OM Unit PMC and its partners using its IBIS technology.

The International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), Sportradar, the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), and the Council of Europe's network of national platforms are just a few of the partners (Group of Copenhagen). The surveillance would also include major sports betting companies and regulators.