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Open letter to the IOC President and the IOC: call for action against all forms of corruption in sport

Zum Thema: Braucht es eine Welt-Anti-Korruptions-Agentur im Sport:

Open letter to the IOC President and the International Olympic Committee, gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark on the occasion of the 121st IOC Session and the XIII IOC Congress

Call for action against all forms of corruption in sport

Dear President Rogge and IOC Members,

We believe the time has come to act against all forms of corruption in sports.

We are alarmed that the sporting community is now in a situation where worldwide illegal gamblers and match-fixers are operating at all levels of sport. Their activities are a small slice of an illegal gambling market that is worth hundreds of billions of dollars and poses an imminent threat to the core values and credibility of sport.

Also, we believe that within a number of sports and national associations non-transparent and corrupt practices continue. For instance, the ISL affair in which a small group of leaders in international sport has cashed in more than 100 million dollars as secret personal commissions in return for TV and marketing rights should be met with a strong response.

We believe that there is a number of other forms of corruption in sport: human trafficking, money laundering and tax evasion. These activities are thriving thanks to the non-intervention of the sports community, local and national governments, sports sponsors, the media and other stakeholders.

We believe that the global sports community has an obligation to act as a role model of transparency, accountability and democracy if it is to promote positive social, cultural and personal values to society and youth.

The International Olympic Committee is the worldwide leader in sports. It has the moral aspirations as well as financial and political clout to show effective political leadership in this matter.

Therefore, we urge the IOC to take immediate, concrete and convincing steps to counter all forms of corruption in sport in order to safeguard the social, cultural and educational values of sport.  

We ask you to urgently consider all relevant measures, including

  • a definition of common standards of good governance and accountability
  • a strengthening of the role of the Ethical Committees in sport so they can be allowed to act truly independently and have capacity to sanction those who violate the rules
  • a modernisation of the way international federations manage democracy and transparency
  • mechanisms for exchange of information and intelligence related to corruption
  • and, if necessary, the establishment of an international anti-corruption institution for all countries and all sports

In a defining moment for world sport, we call on the IOC to take decisive steps.

Yours sincerely,

Adam Jefferson Kreek
Rower, Trainer, Author, Entrepreneur
Olympic Gold Medallist , two-times Olympian

Aidan White
General Secretary
International Federation of Journalists

Alessandro Donati
Member of the governmental Anti-Doping Commission
Rome Ministry of Health

Andrew Jennings
Investigative reporter
United Kingdom

Anne-Marie Dohm
Danish School of Media and Journalism

Bert Schaap
De Telegraaf

Bob Munro
Mathare United

Christel Schaldemose
Member of the European Parliament

Christopher A. Shaw
Professor, Author
University of British Columbia

Dave Boyle
Chief Executive
Supporters Direct
United Kingdom

David Rowe
Professor of Cultural Research
University of Western Sydney

Eduardo Galeano

Ezequiel Fernández Moores
Sports Editor
ANSA Latinamerica

Florian Petrica
Editor-in-Chief of Sport
The Money Channel, Realitatea Media

Gary Wicks
PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus
St. Olaf College

Gerhard Treutlein
Centre for Doping Prevention, Heidelberg

Henning Eichberg
Lecturer, Dr. Phil.
University of Southern Denmark

Henrik Brandt
Danish Institute for Sports Studies

Ivan Waddington
Visiting Professor
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and University of Chester
United Kingdom

Jan Mühletaler
M.A., Head of section
Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Jens Brinch
Chairman of the Board of Play the Game
Former Secretary General of the Sports Confederation of Greenland

Jens Sejer Andersen
Play the Game

Jens Weinreich
Investigative journalist

John Beech
Head of Sport & Tourism Applied Research
Coventry University
United Kingdom

John Thrane
Danish Association of Company Sport (DFIF)

John Volkers
Sports reporter
de Volkskrant

Joseph Maguire
Professor, School of Sport & Exercise Sciences
Loughborough University
United Kingdom

Jørgen Povlsen
Head of the Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics
University of Southern Denmark

Jørn Hansen
Lecturer, Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics
University of Southern Denmark

Kaj Kunnas
Sports Journalist
OY Yleisradio AB/Finnish Broadcasting Company

Kim Schimmel
Associate Professor of the Sociology of Sport
Kent State University

Lasse Svensson
Chairman, County Sports Federation of Västmanland
Former national and international volleyball leader

Laura Robinson
Investigative journalist

Malcolm Clarke
Football Supporters Federation
England and Wales

Mario Rodrigues
All Sports Magazine, Mumbai

Mike McNamee
Professor of Applied Ethics
Swansea University
United Kingdom

Nikki Dryden
Human Rights Attorney  
Two-time Olympic swimmer
Canada /USA

Olukayode Thomas
Sports Editor
Timbuktu Media

Paul Einar Borgen
Marketing Director

Sigmund Loland
The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Søren Riiskjær
Director of the Secretariat of Sports Politics
Danish Gymnastics and Sports Associations (DGI)

Tegla Loroupe
United Nations Ambassador of Sport
Long-distance runner, Olympic bronze medallist and tree-times Olympian

Terri Byers
Principal Lecturer Sport Management
Coventry University
United Kingdom

Terry Monnington
Director of Physical Education and Sport
University of Warwick
United Kingdom

Tine Rindum Teilmann
Board member, Danish Paralympic Committee
member of the IOC’s Women in Sport Commission

Tjeerd Veenstra
Director De Lotto
Chair Legal, Statutes & Members Committee, European Lotteries

Veerle De Bosscher
Lecturer in Sports Management
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Wladimir Andreff
Professor Emeritus at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne 
Honorary President of the International Association of Sport Economists France

For further reference please contact Jens Sejer Andersen
Director, Play the Game
+45 20 71 07 01

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  5. Wieso haben die Kollegen von „Deutschlandfunk, Süddeutsche Zeitung und Sportinformationsdienst“ (noch) nicht unterschrieben? Wurden die noch nicht gefragt?

  6. online unterschreiben möchte bzw. kann nicht jeder/jede aus den unterschiedlichsten Gründen

    gibt es andere Möglichkeiten sich einverstanden zu erklären? sind diese überhaupt erwünscht?

  7. Nicola, die Kontaktdaten von Play-the-Game-Director Jens Sejer Andersen stehen oben. Er behandelt das auf Wunsch vertraulich, keine Frage.

  8. Jens, nur für den Fall, dass dich mal Motivationsprobleme bezüglich der sicher arbeitsaufwendigen Themenaufbereitung in deinem Blog befallen: Ich lese gerade in einer (blöd geplanten) Arbeitspause die Kategorie „Kopenhagen 2009“ (die ich komplett verpasst habe) nach. Und bin bis jetzt bis hier gekommen, und möchte nur mal im Vorbeigehen meinen Dank aussprechen.

    Zum Aufruf: Muss ich meine Zynismuseinheit abschalten, oder lässt sich die Unterschriftenliste für das IOC in etwas so übersetzen: „jedenfalls niemand, dessen Meinung uns zu interessieren braucht“?

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