Manipulation of sports results has taken on worrying proportions.
The considerable sums of money involved in sports betting have encouraged
the development of new forms of corruption, providing criminal organisations with
a source of illicit profits and a means of laundering money from
other illegal activities. As a result, this phenomenon not only
taints the values of sport and harms the interests of the sports
movement and betting operators, but is also a threat to public order
and the rule of law.
If match-fixing is to be successfully combated, States, sports
organisations – and in particular the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) – and betting operators must co-ordinate their efforts more
effectively. A range of preventive and punitive measures need to
be implemented as a matter of urgency, including: awareness-raising
programmes for young sportspeople; prohibition of betting on the
competitions most vulnerable to attempted corruption; harmonisation
of laws and adoption of dissuasive penalties; and stepping up of
co-operation between the judicial authorities and the police.
Furthermore, all Council of Europe member States should support
the work being done by the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)
on the drafting of a convention aimed at establishing a general
legislative framework and a stable co-operation platform to preserve
the integrity of sport and the rule of law.