April 7th, Tbilisi (MSY) --- Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia hosted the first meeting of the Interagency Committee on Manipulation of Sports Competitions, which was established by the Government of Georgia recently this year. The Commission is a national coordination platform with the primary aim to develop strategies and approaches to prevent, detect and combat manipulation in sport.
Beside the member delegates of the Commission (see below), high rank officials - Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Minister Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice participated in the I meeting of the Commission. The session was chaired by Minister Levan Kipiani, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia.
There were the following issues and topics at the agenda of the meeting, inter alia:
- Review of the current situation with regard of manipulations of sport competition;
- Developing and drafting strategy document on fighting manipulations of sport competitions
- Commission's action plan of the 2015
- Ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions (CETS: 215)
The Commission made the following decisions, inter alia:
- To expand the number of the members of the Commission and invite the senior officials of:
- Georgian National Olympic Committee
- Georgian Football Federation
- Sport and Youth Affairs Committee, Parliament of Georgia
- To set up an Experts Group, with the primary aim of a) drafting the strategy document on combating manipulation of sport competition and b) bill drafting to initiate ratification of the Convention (CEST: 215) and ensure its implementation
- Appointed the Secretary and Head of the Office of the Commission - Mr. Anatoli Korepanov (Deputy Head of International Relations and European Integration, Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia)
The Interagency Committee against Manipulation of Sports Competitions was established by the Government of Georgia's Decree N42 (11th of February, 2015. Tbilisi, Georgia). The decision was followed by the fact of increasing number of manipulation of sports competitions in Georgia (especially, in football matches) and importance of developing international cooperation and exchange of information in order to overcome the challenge.
The composition of the commission is (as for 17 of April, 2015):
Main objectives of the Committee are: 1) to study problems connected to the manipulation of sports competitions and to develop relevant conclusions; 2) implementation of relevant measures on fight against manipulation and its monitoring procedures; 3) timed exchange of information between stakeholders and promotion of development of international cooperation; 4) development of proposals for preparation of relevant draft of legislative and normative acts on the basis of Council of Europe's Convention (CETS.: 215).
Photos by Tamuna Kulumbegashvili
PR Division, MSY