INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have held the first three-day Fact-Finders Training workshop in Arnhem in September 2015 The Netherlands to develop internal investigation skills concerning competition manipulation allegations.
The workshop was designed for individuals tasked with investigating allegations, suspicions or reports of the manipulation of a sports competition. Attending the course were officials from football, tennis, cycling and badminton, as well as the Dutch Court of Arbitration in Sports and the Nederlands Olympisch Comité*Nederlandse Sport Federatie (NOC*NSF), which hosted the training.
As part of Olympic Agenda 2020, the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the IOC has established a special fund of USD 20 million to better protect the clean athletes. The joint IOC-INTERPOL prevention programme for the fight against match fixing and related corruption is being financed out of the USD 10 million portion for this purpose by the IOC.
Key areas dealt with in the three-day workshop included how to undertake a fact-finding inquiry, interview skills, case evaluation and reporting and working with other stakeholders within the sporting environment and beyond.