Integrity

A defining characteristic of competitive sport is that the contest should be unpredictable and decided by the skill of participants alone. Where sporting outcomes are determined by other, illegitimate means – such as doping or match-fixing – the integrity of the competition is called into question and confidence in sport is undermined. In this context, effective national and international measures to protect the integrity of sport are essential.

Recent doping, match fixing and safeguarding scandals have demonstrated the financial and reputational damage that can be done to sport and the harm suffered by participants. This section provides links to more information on how you can protect your sport and its participants from threats to integrity.

Sports betting corruption

Sports betting corruption can include some or all of the following for betting purposes

·                Match fixing – the corrupt manipulation of the result of a sporting event by players, officials or other participants;

·                Spot fixing – the corrupt manipulation of a specific in-play element of a sporting event;

·                Misuse of inside information – the misuse of privileged information about a sporting event known by a participant which is not in the public domain.

Sports betting corruption can have significant consequences – it damages confidence in the integrity of sport and can ruin careers. As a result, the Sports Betting Group (SBG) has been established. Chaired by the Alliance, the SBG comprises representatives from the major sports and player associations and exists to share best practice and information on the risks associated with sports betting corruption. As result of the SBG’s work, all major sports comply with the key principles set out in the SBG Code of Practice.

More recently, in 2014 the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF) was launched. Led by the Gambling Commission, the SBIF brings together sports bodies, the betting operators and law enforcement to develop a coordinated national response to sports betting corruption. Representatives from the Sports Betting Group are members of this forum and the SBG works closely with the Commission and other stakeholders to deliver the Sport and SportsBetting Integrity Action Plan.

Doping

Doping is the use of prohibited performance enhancing substances or methods with the aim of gaining an unfair advantage over competitors. As with sports betting corruption, doping is damaging to sport and its participants – clean athletes lose out to those taking banned substances (who are themselves at risk of harm) and wider public confidence in sport is undermined.

Created to address these problems, UKAnti-Doping (UKAD) is the UK’s national anti-doping agency. Its role is to implement the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy and ensure that sports bodies are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code.

UKAD carries out testing of athletes across a wide range of sports, investigates and undertakes results management for the determination of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and delivers education and awareness-raising around the risks of doping.

Sports governing bodies must ensure they have appropriate rules and processes in place to address the risks associated with doping. For more information on UKAD and how it can help see here.