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Integrity in Sport – Tackling the manipulation of sports competitions

In the period of 7-8 of April, the staff of the Office for Prevention and Fight against Money Laundering attended the online workshop related of integrity in sport competitions organized by the experts of Interpol and the International Olympic Committee, by involving the representatives of the competent bodies of Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and other countries.

The organization of the virtual workshop aims to support countries and sports organizations by encouraging cooperation between national bodies involved in this area, law enforcement and sports organizations by providing trainings and workshops.

The agenda of the event involved two training sessions, which were focused on the methods of manipulating the athletes, alerts in the formation of coefficients at the bookmakers, as well as measures to prevent and fight against this and illicit financial flows. Thus, have been described practical cases of manipulation of results in various sports and competitions on local and international level. At the same time, experts have explained the monitoring tools and best practices used by bookmakers and sports organizations based on achieved experience.

Thereby, the workshop also encourages the creation of an effective mechanism to share the experience gained and encourage the exchange of information through the competent international bodies and contributed to the development of the investigative capacity of the low enforcement authorities.