The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) hosted a two-day workshop on ‘Integrity in Sport’, at the Shangri-La Hotel Doha this week, in collaboration with INTERPOL, Project STADIA and the International Olympic Committee. 

Brigadier Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi
Brigadier Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi

Dignitaries from various agencies including the Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC), along with officials of many local and international sports authorites were there during the workshop.

Most of the topics discussed were related to handling issues that could possibly come up during big sports events such as the FIFA World Cup –  Global Betting Techniques, Organised Crime in Sport, Betting in Sports and Its Risk.

The workshop is part of a capacity building programme in sports security, according to Brigadier Ibrahim Khalil Al Mohannadi, Head of the Advisory Unit of the Security Committee. He said they hope to come out with good recommendations to promote integrity in sport.

The aim of this workshop is to address the manipulation of sports matches and prevent areas of corruption that threaten the integrity of sport, to avoid breach of values. The workshop is part of a global capacity-building and training programme to help countries meet the new criminal challenges posed by sports manipulation, corruption and other threats.’

QOC Secretary General Jassim Rashid Al Buainain, meanwhile, stressed the keenness of the Olympic Committee to work and cooperate to maintain sports integrity.

Qatar has, what may be considered, a ‘deep’ relationship with sports for over five decades. It has hosted many sporting events, which have fostered the growth and development of sports in the country. Al Buainain said the leadership in Qatar puts much importance to sports, and its ability to change the lives of individuals for the better.

Sport is one of the factors that unite peoples of the world, in line with the vision of QOC to make our nation a lead in bringing the world together through sustainable sports development.’

Experts and specialists also discussed ways to achieve integrity in sport, stressing the importance of adopting laws and regulations to combat crimes that threaten sports security.