IOC designates athlete ambassadors to aid in the battle against competition tampering
In the run-up to the 2019 Winter Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed eight athlete ambassadors to assist raise awareness of the issue of competition manipulation.
Yang Yang, a Chinese Olympic short track speed skating gold medalist and chair of the Beijing 2022 Athletes’ Commission, is among those who will discuss the matter with athletes, support personnel, and officials as they prepare for the Games.
Pernilla Wiberg of Sweden, a two-time Olympic champion, as well as former Alpine skiers Andrej Miklavc and Jakob Spik of Slovenia, have been chosen.
Other ambassadors include Andreas Linger, a two-time Olympic luge gold medalist, and Nicola Minichiello, a former bobsleigh world champion from the United Kingdom, as well as Emma Terho, an Olympic ice hockey medalist from Finland who chairs the IOC Athletes’ Commission, and Danka Barteková, an Olympic shooting medalist from Slovakia who is a member of the IOC Ethics Commission.
“Competition manipulation harms the essence of sport, fair play and the trustworthiness of the result,” said Terho.
“Prevention is key, and in this sense, it is essential that athletes are informed about the risks of competition manipulation and the possible consequences on their career.”
Match-fixing and illicit betting, according to Bartekova, “completely ruin the passion of sport” and she emphasised the significance of education on the topic.
“No athlete begins their career with competition manipulation in mind, but either through adversity or through not understanding the rules, athletes can find themselves in a situation that could ruin everything they have worked hard for,” Bartekova added.