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.
With the final tournament in Székesfehérvár in Hungary in April 2017 the European Rookie Cup officially came to an end. Within the framework of this three year Erasmus+ project, numerous young ice hockey players from eight different countries did not only compete in a high class ice hockey tournament, but were also trained and sensitized in the fields of anti-match-fixing, anti-doping as well as discrimination.