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IOC makes funding commitment to combat manipulation in Olympics

| By Robert Fletcher
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has allocated a new fund of $10.0m (£8.1m/€9.2m) per Olympiad to help prevent the manipulation of competitions and events at the Games.

The funds will be made available to the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (OM Unit PMC) to reinforce monitoring around the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.

The IOC said the new fund will also expand the number of monitored events organised by International Federations (IFs) and multi-sport event organisers, as well as consolidate the worldwide education and awareness-raising activities of the OM Unit PMC.

Established in 2017, the OM Unit PMC works with the Olympic Movement, as well as with external stakeholders including governments, law enforcement and sports betting entities, to tackle manipulation in Olympic sports.

The Unit has established model rules, an awareness-raising campaign and an intelligence system for the entire Olympic Movement. Its work is based on a three-pillar strategy of regulation and legislation, awareness-raising and capacity-building, and intelligence and investigations.

The IOC itself has been active in the prevention of competition manipulation since 2006 and in 2015 created the Olympic Movement Code on the prevention of manipulation of events.

The most recent edition of the summer Olympic Games took place in Tokyo, Japan in 2021, a year later than planned due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The next summer Games will be hosted in the French capital of Paris next year.

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games were staged in Beijing, China, with the next edition to take place across the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo.

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