An avalanche of scandals has marred values of fair-play and
revealed an urgent need to reform the archaic management models
of sports governance that lack democratic structures, transparency
and accountability in decision-making, and continue to feed the
ground for corruption and impunity.
The sports movement needs bold leadership to harness the necessary
reforms, yet it should not be left alone to solve its problems.
Governments and emerging multi-stakeholder platforms play an increasing
role in assisting with the development of a robust regulatory system
able to effectively mitigate corruption risks and promote a culture
The report proposes an innovative sports governance framework
that should include basic common criteria of good governance, an
ISO certification standard on governance of sports organisations
and an independent sports ethics rating system. The International
Olympic Committee is called upon to review its Basic Universal Principles
and forge ahead with developing a proper compliance strategy.
The report also recommends the drafting of a convention on
good governance in sport and the consideration of the setting up
of a parliamentary alliance for good governance and integrity in
sport with the aim of bringing together national parliaments and
international parliamentary bodies around a meaningful discussion
on sports governance and integrity issues.