No quick fix to fighting sports corruption, INTERPOL chief tells FIFA Congress

May 26, 2012

INTERPOL on May 25, 2012 released the following:

“BUDAPEST, Hungary – The increased involvement of transnational organized crime in illegal gambling and match fixing has made corruption in sport a global threat affecting the security of people worldwide, the INTERPOL chief told officials at the 2012 FIFA Congress.

INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble told the meeting of world football nations that corruption in sport today affects more than just the reputations and livelihoods of sport professionals and associations.

“As a result of transnational organized crime’s global reach, of the huge profits associated with illegal gambling, of the vulnerability of players and of the internet, which has made gambling on matches anywhere in the world extremely easy and accessible, we are seeing more and more cases of match fixing and suspicious results,” said Secretary General Noble.

“INTERPOL and FIFA recognized the growing scale of the problem and it was apparent that if both organizations acted quickly and forcefully, we could reassure football players and fans that this serious problem needed to be dealt with in a comprehensive and long-term manner,” added the INTERPOL Chief.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said: “We are very grateful to INTERPOL and to its Secretary General Ronald K. Noble for the tremendous support they have given us so far, and we are very pleased with the results of our partnership, especially in the fight against match-fixing.

“We know that this is a crucial fight in which we need to help each other to be successful and to keep our sport clean. We look forward to continue working closely together to achieve this goal,” added Mr Blatter.

A guest of honour at the FIFA Congress, Italian footballer Simone Farina, who in November 2011 reported an attempted match fixing bribe to police, was recognized by INTERPOL earlier this year with the presentation of a Commemorative Medal. As part of INTERPOL’s ‘Fund for a Safer World,’ the medal acknowledges those who make an effective contribution to crime prevention and law enforcement at the local, national and global level.

“Corruption in sport is a very complex problem for which there is no quick fix. This is why it is crucial that in addition to the ongoing enforcement efforts, we continue to intensify our efforts towards prevention,” said Mr Noble pointing to the results achieved following the INTERPOL-FIFA partnership one year ago.

Key developments include the creation of a dedicated INTERPOL unit tasked with engaging law enforcement worldwide and developing information platforms to ensure that the INTERPOL-FIFA Training, Education and Prevention Initiative reaches the largest possible audience.

The Integrity in Sports unit has brought together specialists from law enforcement, sports and the betting industry for expert meetings and held the pilot national training workshop for police, players, referees, regulators and academic institutions.

By the end of 2012, training will be provided to referees and assistants for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil in addition to the launch of an online learning programme designed as a preventative tool for players who may be targeted by criminals seeking to manipulate the outcome of a game.

Throughout Euro 2012, in addition to the deployment of an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team to Poland and Ukraine, INTERPOL will also be running operation SOGA – short for soccer gambling – targeting illegal football gambling across Southeast Asia.

The three previous SOGA operations conducted in the region during major soccer tournaments have resulted in nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than 26 million US dollars in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled more than two billion dollars’ worth of bets.”

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Chinese Vice-Minister’s visit to INTERPOL underlines role of international law enforcement cooperation

November 15, 2011

INTERPOL on November 9, 2011 released the following:

“LYON, France – China’s Vice-Minister for Public Security, Li Dongsheng, has met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble at INTERPOL’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss security measures aimed at enhancing international cooperation against transnational crime.

The visit by Vice-Minister Li provided an opportunity to review key transnational organized crime issues such as human trafficking, drugs trafficking – particularly heroin trafficking in the Golden Triangle region of Southeast Asia – illegal football gambling and INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property Rights Programme.

“Chinese authorities fully recognize the vital role INTERPOL plays in tackling international crime in all its forms, through the effective cooperation of police forces around the world,” said China’s Vice-Minister for Public Security, Li Dongsheng.

Secretary General Noble cited China’s involvement in projects against Asian organized crime networks, especially as a key participating country in Operations SOGA I (2007), SOGA II (2008) and SOGA III (2010) against football gambling, as examples of China’s active involvement in international police collaboration. In total, the combined three SOGA operations resulted in nearly 7,000 arrests, the seizure of more than USD 26 million in cash and the closure of illegal gambling dens which handled bets worth more than USD 2 billion.

“International police cooperation with China is vital not just for the security of its citizens but also for Asia and beyond the region, at a time when globalization has witnessed both the expansion and diversification of transnational crime,” said Secretary General Noble.

In addition, an INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) deployed as part of the security arrangements for the World Student Games in Shenzhen last August provided a range of support services both before and during the event, including checks of the names and passports of nearly 18,000 individuals against INTERPOL’s global databases. The IMEST support provided for the Universiade was the third such deployment requested by China, following support provided for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

“China has consistently demonstrated its support for international police cooperation. It understands that the transnational crime threats which are faced by every country cannot be dealt with in isolation,” added the head of INTERPOL.

A review of progress on the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation due to open in Singapore in early 2014, as well as of the INTERPOL Travel Document which will facilitate the international travel of INTERPOL officials when assisting in transnational investigations or urgent deployments, also topped the agenda during Mr Li’s visit.”

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Shenzhen Universiade ends safely with security efforts supported by INTERPOL

August 26, 2011

INTERPOL on August 26, 2011 released the following:

“SHENZHEN, China – The largest-ever Universiade which brought together more than 12,000 participants involved in more than 300 events across 41 venues in Shenzhen has concluded safely with China’s security efforts supported by INTERPOL.

An INTERPOL Major Events Support Team (IMEST) was deployed as part of the security arrangements for the World Student Games which took place between 12 and 23 August, which provided a range of support services both before and during the event, including checks of the names and passports of nearly 18,000 individuals against INTERPOL’s global databases.

Working at the International Policing Liaison Centre alongside a number of taskforces including intelligence, counter-terrorism and transport security at the specially formed Security Command headquarters, the IMEST liaised closely with the National Central Bureau in Beijing and was also on stand-by to coordinate with the INTERPOL General Secretariat in Lyon, France and any of the world police organization’s 188 member countries in response to an emergency requiring global assistance.

The IMEST support provided for the Universiade was the third such deployment requested by China, with previous support provided for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in 2010.”

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