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PILLARS OF INTEGRITY MANAGEMENT
To maintain the financial and reputational value of sport, authorities in
the sector should consider adopting policies and procedures attuned to
the nature of contemporary integrity threats, with due sensitivity to the
peculiarities of each sport. Monitor Quest’s review of effective integrity
management practices across a variety of sports and geographical contexts
identifies three interlinked and complementary elements that blend preven-
tive and reactive measures:
Governance
structures characterised by specific and transparent
organisational architecture, separation of powers, and unambiguous
lines of authority and responsibility.
Certification
practices built around clear rules and regulations,
enforceable codes of conduct, and relevant education and training
programmes.
Monitoring
of threats and suspicious behaviours that incorporates
integrity management strategies, including detection, prevention,
and deterrence mechanisms and tools.
1. GOVERNANCE
Many sporting bodies were established to organise competitions and en-
force the rules of the game. However, as a sport transitions from a low-value
amateur competition to a high-value professional industry, the governance
challenge shifts from competition management to integrity management. The
sports sector’s rate of growth since the 1970s has in many respects outpaced
governing bodies’ ability to adapt their structures to contemporary challeng-
es. In many cases governance structures may struggle to deal with integrity
breaches effectively or inspire a belief in their ability to do so and may thus be
vulnerable to exploitation by those seeking to corrupt sport.
We perceive four operational elements that can help sports organisations bol-
ster their governance structures against integrity threats.
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GUARDING THE GAME Preserving the Integrity of Sport
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