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Transparency International released its Global Corruption Report: Sport in late February.
The report provides a comprehensive overview of the root causes of corruption across sport, presenting key participants' perspectives side by side, as well as the work of TI national chapters on the ground. This report offers recommendations of what can be done to fix corruption within sport, covering areas such as governance, match-fixing and big events, and the role of athletes.
Transparency International aims to mobilise wider audiences in the fight against corruption by connecting the sports community to the wider movement against corruption. This “Corruption in Sport Initiative” includes partnerships with experts, supporters and sponsors through new research, analysis, dialogue and key recommendations. The release announcement and report are available on the Transparency International website.
Ensuring corruption-free sport starts at the very top of the organisation. Netball New Zealand earned international recognition in the Global Corruption Report: Sport for the outcome of its comprehensive governance modernisation undertaken in 1999. Of note was the organisation’s decision to build the foundation for good and effective decision-making by creating a skills-based, eight-person-strong board with no or few conflicts of interest and with transparent financial compensation to board members.
TINZ Chair Suzanne Snively says, "The report is a reminder that eliminating corruption is vital to all forms of life, from business to government and sport. And it’s reassuring to see that New Zealand can lead the way internationally."
Sport NZ Chief Executive Peter Miskimmin stated that maintaining the integrity of sport is “particularly important for New Zealand because sport is such a big part of our national identity. We have to continue to do our best to ensure nothing undermines that.”
He welcomes the report especially as his organisation “works across the sport system and government to ensure we have appropriate measures in place to protect the integrity of sport including guidance, policies and education programmes in areas including good governance and match fixing. It’s great to see to the work that New Zealand is doing in these areas being recognised.”
Concurrently, the anti-corruption group is also announcing the results of a poll showing how little fans trust FIFA, football’s governing body with 69% of fans indicating that they have no confidence in FIFA, and 43% saying the scandals are affecting how they enjoy football.
Global Corruption Report: Sport is available online at transparency.org/news/feature/sport_integrity.