Doha – Qatar, Aug 01, 2013: The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has been accepted as a member of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) Consultative Committee. Established by the Council of Europe, the EPAS aims to foster pan-European sports cooperation and address the challenges currently facing sport.
The ICSS will join 25 sports organisations on its Consultative Committee, including the IOC and UEFA. The ICSS is already an official partner of the Council of Europe as it works towards a draft international convention to combat the manipulation of sports results.
The organisation will share the output of the ICSS-University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne partnership. This will include the findings of its research programme on ‘Ethics and Sport Security’, which is focusing on the links between international gambling and the manipulation of sports results for the purposes of betting fraud.
Chris Eaton (Director of Sport Integrity, ICSS) said: “The Council of Europe and its EPAS initiative are leading in developing governmental solutions to the existing plague of corruption of sport results for betting fraud purposes. This is the biggest challenge international sport faces today. As a member of the EPAS Consultative Committee, the ICSS will share the extensive work it has been doing in this field, particularly the research work undertaken by the University Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne. The ICSS shares the sense of urgency expressed by the Council and looks forward to assisting EPAS to turn its work into preventative and responding action.”
The EPAS provides a platform for intergovernmental sports cooperation between the public authorities of its member states and encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). In doing this, it strives to promote the development of sport in society, while emphasising its positive values.