The CSCF Foundation has launched its ‘IntegriSport Next ERASMUS+’ sports integrity non-profit organisation, an EU-level project representing a joint commitment between six member states to raise awareness of the threats and compromises of sports manipulation.
IntegriSport Erasmus+ project continuation
The EU-funded initiative is a continuation of the IntegriSport Erasmus+ project, which was launched in 2019 and consolidates itself as an important platform for raising awareness among law enforcement agencies and the judiciary of the damage caused by sports manipulation in Europe.
Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Malta and Sweden are the six participating countries, which bring together the efforts of the various governing bodies, law enforcement units and partner authorities of the Member States to combat sports manipulation.
The Cyprus Police, the Estonian Police, the Finnish Center for Sports Integrity, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, the Malta Police Force, and the Swedish Sports Confederation are partner organisations of IntegriSport.
The EU project is further supported as a global sports betting monitoring platform by the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) and will be assisted by the academic supervision of the University of Belgium, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven).
FIFPRO confirms support
In the meantime, the worldwide representative network of 65,000 registered football professionals, FIFPRO, has confirmed that it will support the development of IntegriSport.
With operational support provided by Member States’ law enforcement agencies (LEA) and judicial authorities (JA), IntegriSport will set up a comprehensive awareness-raising programme to achieve its cooperation objectives, facing new threats from sports corruption.
IntegriSport Next (2021-2022)’ creates an ideal space for LEA and JA to discuss in transnational meetings and training programs led by recognised experts, according to the CSCF.’
The project will use appropriate national and international investigative techniques, legal instruments, sports policy, sports betting and virtual currencies in sports to address the issue of match-fixing and other issues of sports integrity.