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World Archery teams up with IOC to step up fight against match-fixing

World Archery signs memorandum of understanding with International Olympic Committee, signing sport up to integrity system combatting match-fixing and corruption at major events.

World Archery has reaffirmed its commitment to the fight against illegal betting, match-fixing and corruption in sport by becoming one of the first Summer International Federations to sign up to the International Olympic Committee’s Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS).

IBIS is an intelligence-sharing digital platform which collates alerts and information on the manipulation of sport through betting during the Olympic Games and other major sports events.

The objectives of IBIS are:

To safeguard sports from the threat posed by illegal sports betting and match-fixing To support International Federations and multi-sport event organisers with intelligence and an information exchange To create a framework for transparency, confidentiality and trust across all cooperating partners.

Following World Archery’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the IOC, IBIS will be in place for archery competitions at the Olympic and Youth Olympic Games, as well as at qualifying events, the World Archery Championships and various Archery World Cup events, the first of which takes place this week in Antalya, Turkey.

World Archery Secretary General Tom DIELEN said: “World Archery regards maintaining high standards of fair play within the sport as a vital priority. Archery has not had to deal with the blight of betting corruption that other sports are threatened by, and this is an ethical record World Archery is both proud of and will fiercely protect.”

“Through educational programmes for athletes and officials, the enforcement of clear regulations and proactive cooperation with the International Olympic Committee, member federations and our sports men and women, we will continue to safeguard the integrity of archery against match-fixing and corruption."

IOC Sports Director Kit McCONNELL said: “The IOC applauds World Archery for becoming one of the first Olympic Summer Sports Federations to sign up to the IOC’s initiative for clean competitions – the ‘Integrity Betting Intelligence System’ (IBIS). IBIS was successfully in operation for the first time during the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi with all Olympic Winter IFs taking part in the project.”

“The agreement between the IOC and World Archery marks the first step in integrating all Olympic Summer IFs in the run-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”