ESSA launches new initiative to tackle match-fixing in sport

11 February 2016

ESSA has revealed details of a new project that aims to tackle the issue of match-fixing in sport around the world.

Funded by the European Union, the Kick Crime Out of Sport (KCOOS) group will be led by the Council of Europe and also feature a number of other key stakeholders, such as Interpol, the International Olympic Committee, as well as British and French regulatory authorities.

The 18-month project will aim to deliver a range of practical resources, such as the development of a ‘Handbook on Good Practices’, while a series of regional events around the world will gather information and explore effective legislative models and tools to deal with match-fixing.

Khalid Ali, secretary general of ESSA, which is also a stakeholder, said: “The project marks another important milestone in the development of an effective and coordinated international collaboration between key stakeholders that are intent on driving criminals out of sport.

“Responsible regulated betting operators want nothing else than sport to be free from manipulation and will do whatever we can to help to achieve that.”

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