Signing the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions was the formal kick-off for building and structuring a solid foundation for the future National Platform Austria. Following a request by its Ministry of Sport, Austria’s Council of Ministers decided in January to sign up to the Council of Europe’s Convention on Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The Convention was officially signed by Austrian Minister of Sport Hans Peter Doskozil on 2 June 2016, as part of an international conference being held in Vienna. At the joint press conference of the Ministry of Sport and the Play Fair Code on February 27th 2017, Austrian Minister of Sport Hans Peter Doskozil confirmed his clear commitment to the Play Fair Code as well as to the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Two milestones for the integrity of Austrian sport.
On 28 August, the Bruno Gala – the traditional awards night held for players of men’s and women’s football – was held for the 21st time at the Vienna City Hall. Hosts for the evening were ORF presenter Kristina Inhof and actor, author and cabaret artist Gregor Seberg.