Safeguarding integrity

Following its selection by the European Commission, the project ‘Single Points of Contact for Sports Integrity’ (POINTS) by the EOC EU Office started in January 2018 and will run for three years with various activities scheduled in the different countries of the project.  The POINTS Project aims to help National Olympic Committees, European Federations and national sport federations in Europe to safeguard the integrity of their sport(s) and to strengthen their governance.

Points Project Website

Due to numerous scandals in the past few years related to ethical questions the need for actions in terms of integrity and good governance in the field of sport is obvious. The public opinion on sport tends to become more negative than before and public authorities increase the pressure on sport governing bodies to implement principles of good governance as well as ensuring the integrity of sport competitions.

It´s fair to say that sport organisations are more aware of these challenges and have taken several initiatives including activities to fight against match fixing or to improve their governance. Regarding the latter, the EOC EU Office has taken up this challenge through the projects S4GG and SIGGS, which have provided direct support to sport organisations in order to improve their governance as well as being more efficient and having a more ethical way of functioning.

The involvement of the IOC in the consortium will allow the POINTS project to build on the concept of ‘Single Points of Contact’, developed within the IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) and related to the fight against match-fixing.

With the POINTS Project, the EOC EU Office wants to adapt and further develop these activities to reach National Olympic Committees and European Federations. Another key aspect of the project will be to expand the scope of the concept of Single Points of Contact (SPOC) to other integrity issues. A holistic approach that would strengthen internal governance, risk management arrangements as well as prevention and education mechanisms within sport would help sport organisations to become more resistant to potential misconduct in relation to sport competitions and sport management.

1
Objective

To develop a structure and system of ‘Single Points of Contact for Integrity’ within National Olympic Committees and European federations

2
Objective

To develop an educational programme to provide training and education to representatives of NOCs and EFs to become ‘Single Points of Contact for Integrity’

3
Objective

To organise National Strategic Workshops on Integrity and Good Governance and further develop educational tools to provide practical guidance to NOCs and national sport federations on integrity and good governance

Project partners:

  • EU-Office Of The European Olympic Committees

  • International Criminal Policy Organisation

  • Dutch Olympic Committee * Dutch Sports Confederation

  • Belgian Olympic and Interfederal Committee

  • German Olympic Sports Confederation

  • National Olympic Committee of Italy

  • National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark

  • National Olympic Committee of Portugal

  • National Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations

  • National Olympic Committee of Croatia

  • European Athletic Association – European Athletics

  • International Basketball Federation

  • Sport and Recreation Alliance

  • European Observatoire of Sport and Employment