In Lausanne later today, the Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio will underline the Council of Europe’s leading role in the fight against illegal betting and match-fixing.
The Deputy Secretary General’s (photo) presence at the meeting of the Founding Working Group on the Fight Against Irregular and Illegal Betting in Sport of the International Olympic Committee, illustrates the Council of Europe’s commitment to tackling this “rule of law” issue.
In this interview, Stanislas Frossard, the organisation’s key adviser on these issues, explains why he believes Council of Europe’s standards could be the framework for the global response to this “cancer of sport” estimated to be worth $140 billion.
“This is world-wide problem,” he says. “Match-fixing has become the number one issue in sports policy. The Council of Europe has a leadership position.
“The Council of Europe intends to open its process to non-European states and to broaden good standards to fight against match fixing and possibly to involve non-European states in its convention.”
Concern about the threat posed to European sport by match-fixing and illegal betting is heightened this year due to the UEFA football championship tournament hosted by Ukraine and Poland and the London Olmpics.
Part 1: Interview with Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary, EPAS
Part 2: Interview with Stanislas Frossard, Executive Secretary, EPAS