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Sport Integrity Framework: Corruption

11 June 2019

Corruption has no place in New Zealand society and playing fair off the sports field is just as important as playing fair on it. Corruption in any form has the potential to affect the integrity, growth and development of New Zealand sport.

Summary

From a business and government perspective, New Zealand is regarded as one of the least corrupt countries in the world, but we can’t afford to be complacent.

Corruption in sport has many forms: referees and players can take bribes to influence results, club owners can demand kickbacks for player transfers, and companies and governments can rig major events bids for contracts.

To break the ties between sport and corruption a coordinated approach is required. Openness in decision and policy-making is vital. Governments must work closely with the Police, the international gaming industry and anti-fraud organisations, and sport organisations can write anti-corruption measures into their constitutions and codes of conduct. Setting clear regulations and being open in player transfers will also protect the employment market.

Sport NZ role

Sport NZ leads an inter-agency group which includes a number of government agencies and sport organisations with an interest in integrity issues. These include:

  • Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ)
  • New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC)
  • Ministry of Health – Medsafe
  • New Zealand Police (NZ Police)
  • Organised Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand (OFCANZ)
  • New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs)
  • National Drug Intelligence Bureau (NDIB)
  • Serious Fraud Office (SFO)

Sport NZ has a focus on match-fixing, doping and corruption in sport, and is the lead sport policy advisor to the government. It also helps build the capability of its partners in areas including governance, managing conflicts of interest and financial management.

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