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.
As part of the International Conference on the Whistleblowing of Irregularities in Sport organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Play Fair Code was invited to present its experiences with regard to whistleblowing and the Austrian ombudsman system.
Following the invitation of INTERPOL and the IOC, which initiated this event, the Play Fair Code together with top representatives of the Austrian NOC and the Austrian Federal Police was pleased to contribute from a best-pratice perpective in Austria.