IntegriSport Erasmus+ runs from January 2019 until December 2020 and aims to catalyze the efficiency of sport-manipulation-related crime investigation and prosecution activities by providing awareness raising on all aspects of the manipulation of sports competitions in Cyprus, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Portugal and Slovakia.
The partnership is completed by: EU Athletes who represents the perspective of professional and elite level sportspeople; GLMS, the sports integrity body of the global lottery sector, which brings its expertise on betting and betting monitoring; and Aix-Marseille University, which has a vital role in research activities. Partner organisations in particular will add credibility to the project by including their network and expertise.
Integrisport Erasmus+ was one of two projects regarding fighting sport manipulation (match fixing) which was funded by the European Union through Erasmus+ Sport in 2018 and is unique in its approach to targeting notably law enforcement and the judiciary.
As the Partners of the Project agreed during the meeting, Integrisport Erasmus+ will not only raise the awareness of law enforcement and judicial authorities in the participant countries, but should also establish a standard level of knowledge as a benchmark for law enforcement and the judiciary in the field of tackling sports manipulations. These standards would be able to be used globally henceforth in the fight against criminals in this domain.
The Council of Europe, as the organization with the only international, legally binding text in this domain that notably criminalizes manipulations of sports competitions, through its Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions and its concept of national platforms, in which law enforcement and the judiciary would and do participate, welcomed the project and was also present at the meeting. The organisation supports the development of Integrisport through the Macolin Roadmap and creating synergies with the KCOOS+ project. INTERPOL is also a project supporter.
Awareness Raising Workshops:
The IntegriSport project officially kicked off in January 2019. Following the research phase, the awareness-raising sessions started in September 2019.
The 1st awareness-raising session took place in Nicosia, Cyprus on 17-19 September 2019 (organised by the Cyprus Police). The event was attended by more than 50 local law enforcement and judicial authorities.
GLMS Deputy General Secretary, Vagelis Alexandrakis, joined the team of experts that delivered the training. His presentation focused on sports betting regulatory matters, the betting-related provisions of the Macolin Convention, while also presented how monitoring reports can be of value for investigators. He provided practical exercises and case studies as well. More information.
The 2nd Awareness-Raising Workshop took place in Budapest, Hungary on 12-14 November 2019. The workshop organised by the Hungarian Police gathered more than 70 law enforcement and judicial authority representatives. Vagelis Alexandrakis was among the experts that delivered the training sessions. More information.
The 3rd awareness-Raising Workshop took place in Vilnius, Lithuania on 2-4 December 2019. The workshop gathered more than 40 participants from the local law enforcement and judicial authorities, who had the chance to receive a full training on the matter of sport competition manipulations from experts including GLMS Deputy Secretary General, Vagelis Alexandrakis. More information.
The 4th awareness-Raising Workshop took place in Helsinki, Finland on 4-7 February. International experts of the prevention of the manipulation of sports competitions trained Finnish police officers and prosecutors in Helsinki in an intense week of activities. ”This training enables us to improve our national skills to prevent the manipulation of sports competitions. Authorities and sports require tight co-operation. Together we can provide athletes with the support they need and protect them from the manipulation of sports competitions,” says Jouko Ikonen, FINCIS Chief Investigative Officer. More information.
The 5th awareness-Raising Workshop took place in Lisbon, Portugal on 18-19 February. The workshop included participants from the local law enforcement and judicial authorities and co-organised by Policía Judiciária. A complete training on the matter of sport competition manipulations from experts including GLMS President Ludovico Calvi, Interpol, Polícia Judiciária, EU Athletes, the Institution of Sport and Youth of Portugal, the Portuguese Olympic Committee, Portuguese Football Federation and Betting Regulation and Inspection Service of Portugal. More information.
The 6th awareness raising workshop took place in Slovak Republic on 22-24 September 2020 in a hybrid format due to the COVID-19 situation, resulting in a joint declaration from key stakeholders showing their commitment to fighting sports manipulations. GLMS President Ludovico Calvi and Hubs Co-ordinator, Daniel Chan, contributed to the success of the session that welcomed over 50 participants from law enforcement and judiciary and speakers from EU Athletes, Belgium federal prosecution, Hungarian law enforcment and national stakeholders. More information.
The 7th and final awareness raising session took part virtually with The Netherlands in November 2020. GLMS legal and project manager Cassandra Matilde Fernandes and Canadian hub analysis coordinator Chris Yaakoubian took part in our partner project Integrisport by CSCF – Foundation for Sport Integrity, hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Justice to share sports betting basics, and how Dutch law enforcement & judiciary can optimize GLMS services including reports and benefit from co-operation with its national lottery Nederlandse Loterij (and GLMS member) to better combat sports manipulations. More information