Podcast: Claudia Bokel – “Match-fixing is the worst threat to the future of sport”

Athletes’ advocate and former fencing world champion Claudia Bokel has revealed her fear that match-fixing is the most dangerous threat now facing sport.

“Match-fixing is often linked to organised crime,” said Bokel, Chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Athlete’s Commission. “We need to catch these criminals.”

Bokel took part in a 25 January Parliamentary Assembly hearing, to review the issue of corruption in sport and to discuss how the Council of Europe’s convention on the manipulation of Sports Competitions, adopted in 2014, could provide the framework for a coordinated response to match-fixing.

Drug-cheats have blighted international sport for decades but for Bokel, match-fixing remains the greatest menace.

“Both are extremely dangerous,” she added. “Match-fixing is not about winning a competition. It’s about losing. Match-fixing might be the worst threat to sports.”

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