Throughout a webinar organised by the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) from all continents have been additional alerted to the specter of competitors manipulation and skilled on easy methods to greatest educate their athletes and officers on this essential matter.
With a number of main multi-sports occasions, the Olympic qualifiers and the Youth Olympic Video games Gangwon 2024 and Olympic Video games Paris 2024 on the horizon, the assembly offered a well timed alternative to sharesmart tools and informative materials, and to permit some 70 NOCs to trade greatest practices, and be taught from one another.
Quite a few NOCs from totally different continents and of all sizes introduced their actions and defined how they’ve labored with nationwide stakeholders to boost consciousness amongst their athletes and entourage members of the dangers related to competitors manipulation, notably within the context of Continental Video games and the Olympic Video games. A number of NOCs indicated that working with their Believe in Sport Ambassadorsfor this goal has confirmed to be extremely efficient.
The Consider in Sport Ambassadors are lively or retired athletes, coaches or referees who work straight with their respective NOC and/or Worldwide Sports activities Federation (IF) of their efforts to stop competitors manipulation.
Sharing greatest observe
The NOC of Slovenia, as an illustration, concerned its Consider in Sport Ambassador, Andrej Miklavc (a retired Alpine skier), in all awareness-raising actions for its delegation forward of the Olympic Winter Video games Beijing 2022. This included a devoted webinar, throughout which the NOC and Andrej introduced the related guidelines and the Code of Conduct, distributed awareness-raising materials and defined the reporting mechanism.
Andrey, along with a number of different Consider in Sport Ambassadors, took half within the IOC webinar this week to share know-how with the 150 NOC representatives in attendance.
Optimising nationwide collaboration
Different NOCs introduced how they work with nationwide stakeholders, together with public authorities and nationwide platforms, to extend the attain and affect of their instructional actions to stop competitors manipulation. For instance, some have developed ideas to incorporate particular training within the faculty curriculum.
The NOC of Australia works intently with its nationwide sports activities integrity physique, Sports activities Integrity Australia, which introduced revolutionary approaches which have confirmed fruitful at nationwide degree, together with a VR recreation for youthful athletes, offering them with totally different situations wherein they’re approached to interact in competitors manipulation. The Australian NOC additionally has a devoted necessary elearning course forward of particular occasions.
In the meantime, the NOCs of Portugal, Sri Lanka and some different nations have systematically constructed capacities and expertise throughout their Nationwide Federations (NFs) over the previous few years.
The individuals additionally learnt about communications ways and intelligence processes. The webinar was extremely interactive, and plenty of individuals have been notably interested by easy methods to attain out systematically to the sports activities neighborhood of their nations. The IOC specialists defined easy methods to use present channels and alternatives effectively earlier than and through main occasions, e.g. social media, staff preparation conferences, uniform distribution days and academic cubicles. NOCs have been suggested to mix digital with in-person training.
Evangelos Alexandrakis, NOC Contact Supervisor on the Olympic Motion Unit on the Prevention of Competitors Manipulation (OM Unit PMC), stated: “Our intention is to empower all NOCs to cross on the fitting messages to their athletes and different delegation members forward of main occasions and on an ongoing foundation. In truth, the Olympic Motion Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions, which is a part of the Olympic Constitution, obliges sport organisations to implement awareness-raising actions. Our webinar aimed to help the NOCs on this essential activity.It was nice to see how they have been desperate to be taught from one another and to progress.”
The NOC webinar fashioned a part of the IOC’s efforts to interact all key Olympic Motion stakeholders in defending the integrity of sporting competitions. The initiatives to prevent competition manipulation are led by the devoted OM Unit PMC, arrange in 2017. Final month, the IOC determined to allocate a fund of USD 10 million per Olympiad to proceed to help the profitable work of this Unit.