The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), Fiji National Sports Commission, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Pacific Games Council, Fiji National Rugby League, Fiji Football Association and Fiji Rugby Union is participating in a two day virtual workshop with the International Olympic Committee, International Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) tackling the threat posed by manipulation of sports competitions.
Fiji Ministry of Youth & Sport Permanent Secretary, Jone Maritino Nemani, presented Fiji's work towards establishing a national cooperation framework to address the manipulation of sports competition locally.
Mr Nemani said they have held and hosted several seminars and workshops with stakeholders and have come up with a number of practices that will be presented at a national level soon.
"We do not have the experts or the technical knowhow but I am glad that through this workshop we can work and learn because we are still learning ourselves and we hope to establish a national framework that will help us tackle this issue."
He said that the Ministry of Youth and Sport was looking forward to working more closely with INTERPOL, IOC and UNODC in order for Fiji to build a good platform against the manipulation of sports competitions.
He said the Ministry would table their findings during the August sitting of Parliament where their findings will be debated and hopefully passed by Parliament.
IOC, INTERPOL and UNODC have partnered to implement a broad range of activities designed to assist countries in addressing the threat to the integrity of sport, in particular the challenge posed by the manipulation of sports competitions.
There were 200 other participants in the first day of the 2-day virtual workshop that included National Olympic Committees from the Oceania and Asian regions, the Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC), as well as representatives from the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and World Rugby.
The objectives of this regional webinar includes:
• Raising awareness and building capacity among participants to help address the threat of the manipulation of sports competitions;
• Identifying roles and responsibilities of Government, sport and related stakeholders in addressing the manipulation of sports competitions;
• Enhance cooperation to prevent, detect and sanction the manipulation of sports competitions, including through establishing national cooperation mechanisms;
• Fostering regional and international collaboration
• Sharing and exchanging good practices
• Learning how to conduct effective criminal investigations and recognize opportunities offered by the disciplinary investigation process.
In December 2015, the IOC Executive Board approved the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. This Code aims to provide sports organisations with harmonised regulations to protect all competitions from the risk of manipulation. All National Olympic Committees, International Federations and their respective members at the continental, regional and national levels as well as IOC recognised organisations are called upon to take all appropriate measures within their power to implement this Code by reference, or to implement similar regulations or more stringent than this Code.
As a member of the Olympic Movement FASANOC has adopted the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions.
FASANOC CEO, Lorraine Mar, said that FASANOC realizes the challenges that exist in sports in regards to sports manipulation and said that FASANOC would do its best to support the work being carried out by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in establishing a national cooperation framework to protect the integrity of sport.