Call for Establishment of Global Agency

Anti-corruption in Sport
03/11/2011 11:00

At the recent European Union Sport Forum 2011, David Howman, Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), called for the establishment of a World Sports Integrity Agency.

 

Howman reasoned his demand saying that sport organisations are not capable of dealing with threats of illegal betting, corruption, match fixing without the help from governments and other stakeholders.

 

"The key issue is that the criminal underworld is engaged in clear and serious efforts to corrupt the sporting world. Sports organisations do not have the experience, the resources or the legal jurisdiction, to deal with those issues alone. However, the money that the criminal underworld has is considerable. Thus it needs governments, sports organisations and the legitimate gambling industry to unite together to save sport," Howman states and underlines the need to act soon.

 

The issue is expected to be discussed at a meeting scheduled for early March, hosted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

 

To read the full statement, please click here