In this interview, Stuart Page, the Director of International Cooperation and Anti-Corruption Policy Development at the ICSS, discussed the battle against match-fixing and other threats to sport’s integrity.
Stuart Page also has 25 years’ experience working across UN agencies, international diplomacy, policy,
Why did you accept the offer from the ICSS?
Could you talk briefly about your past as a police officer?
ANSWER. The ICSS is like no other international organization in that it works with all organizations across sport, government, law enforcement, as well as UN agencies like the UNODC, UNESCO and multilateral organizations like OECD and WEF.
The ICSS is also unique in that it encompasses the full umbrella of what sport integrity should now mean, not just to sport but to governments and other organizations involved with the sports industry, including companies and the economics of nba중계.
Over the next few years, I expect the spectrum of what sport integrity
is and means to people will expand dramatically. For example, at the moment match-fixing, racism and corruption represent the majority integrity issues facing sport to the general public. This sector of sport will expand dramatically and cover other growing but important issues in sport such as youth and player protection, off-the-field behavior, management malpractice, institutional fraud, money laundering and tax evasion to name just a few.
At the ICSS, we are already working to protect sport in many of these key integrity issues and working with governments, sports bodies and law enforcement to put in place the right structures and policies to safeguard sport’s integrity.
If you look back at the ICSS’ beginnings,
How would you define the progress that the organization has made?
A. Since being established in 2011, the ICSS has made significant steps in the area of sport safety, security and integrity. We now have offices in London, Paris, Geneva and Doha and work closely with key organizations like UNESCO, UNODC, OECD and the Council of Europe, as well as top academics from the Sorbonne University and Harvard University.
As well as the ICSS-UNODC meeting, we will be working closely
over the coming months to support the fight against match-fixing/manipulation of all sports competitions and help sports organizations and governments introduce stronger legislation to combat the growing influence of organized crime in sport.
We would like to believe that the partnership with Interpol makes everything easier, but how real is the cooperation from governments around the world against match-fixing?
The reality is that most governments think that match-fixing is a sport issue, however match-fixing is a transnational crime that overlaps into issues like money laundering, tax evasion and other criminal issues that sport cannot deal with especially across borders.