London, May 13, 2016 (IOC) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) presented its initiative in the fight against corruption at the International Anti-Corruption Summit held on Thursday, May 12th 2016 in London, organized by British Prime Minister David Cameron. The Summit, organized with the goal to encourage finding answers to fight corruption in all the sectors of the society, brought together world leaders and representatives of the business world and civil society.
IOC member and President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, chaired a panel on sports and he was joined by the IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Pâquerette Girard Zappelli. The summit adopted a “Global Declaration Against Corruption”.
“Corruption is at the heart of so many of the world’s problems. We must overcome it if our efforts to end poverty, promote prosperity and defeat terrorism and extremism are to succeed. Today’s Summit has demonstrated the deep commitment of a significant number of countries, businesses and members of civil society to work together to tackle this scourge”, says the declaration.
The Summit issued an official communiqué that said: "We welcome the work of the international sports organizations to strengthen openness and improve governance so that they meet global best practice. We urge them to achieve the highest global standards and regain public trust through a culture of good governance. We recognize the autonomy of international sports organizations conferred under national laws. We believe this must be exercised responsibly and be earned by continually demonstrating good governance in the spirit of openness. The Summit gladly welcomes the initiative of the IOC to launch “an International Sport Integrity Partnership in the margins of a meeting of the International Forum for Sport Integrity in Lausanne in early 2017.”
“We appreciate that this summit has acknowledged the efforts of the IOC and sports organizations. The International Olympic Committee has all the instruments in place and the resolution to fight effectively against corruption. However, like any other organization, we are not immune to wrongdoing. In such cases, we have a proven record of swift action. The reforms foreseen by the Olympic Agenda 2020 have strengthened our position in terms of implement our zero tolerance policy in this respect. As welcomed by the Summit, we will take the fight against corruption further by launching the International Sports Integrity Partnership”, said the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach.
“We used this opportunity to present all the measures undertaken by the IOC in the fight against corruption. The Olympic Agenda 2020 has strengthened the position of the IOC’s Ethics Commission and increased the transparency. This includes the Consultants Register for the Olympic Games Candidature Process and many other measures. We have proven that we are actively fighting against corruption. For example, the IOC took immediate action against Lamine Diack already in November 2015, when the first allegations arose against him. As a result of our action, he no longer has any position in the IOC”, said the IOC’s Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer Girard Zappelli.