Spain and Portugal bring ICSS on board

The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has this week signed agreements with the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) of Spain and the Portuguese Institute for Sport and Youth (IPDJ) to boost their major national efforts to safeguard the integrity of sport.

These first direct agreements with national authorities will see the ICSS work together with the CSD and IPDJ to explore the development of Spanish and Portuguese versions of the recently announced Sorbonne-ICSS Guiding Principles throughout Ibero-America and CPLP countries, which will include several measures for sport, government and betting operators and regulators to implement in order to combat corruption, match-fixing and betting fraud.

As part of both agreements, the CSD, IPDJ and the ICSS will develop programmes aimed at ensuring the highest ethical standards in sport, as well as sharing information, knowledge and best practice on issues relating to the integrity, safety and security of sport.

The agreements will also see the ICSS, with its team of international security and integrity experts, work closely with the CSD and IPDJ to communicate the positive values of sport and enhance gender equality, social integration and the protection of children.

To this end, they will jointly organise a range of conferences, seminars and workshops aimed at promoting sport integrity among the sport movement. These events will involve sport federations, leagues, clubs, coaches, referees and athletes and have a particular focus on young people and their role in safeguarding sport integrity.

Mohammed Hanzab, ICSS President

With new reports of match-fixing and corruption now plaguing sport on a daily basis, it is clear the integrity of sport is under threat and that the very morals and ethics of sport need to be protected.

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