AS PART of its commitment to help safeguard sports and meet the growing demand for independent probes within the industry, Doha-based International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) announced the establishment of a dedicated Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
ICSS Group CEO Michael Hershman, co-founder of Transparency International, will head the SIU. It will offer specialised training and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, athletes and other stakeholders across sports industry regarding investigations into alleged misconduct and integrity violations in their sport.
As part of its portfolio of services, the SIU will provide support and training to investigate allegations across several areas adversely affecting the sport. These areas include administrative corruption and misconduct; fraud including match fixing, illegal betting and money laundering; athlete welfare including sexual harassment and abuse; conflicts of interest and ethics’ cases, and human trafficking in the sports industry.
Speaking about the SIU, Hershman said, “The establishment of a dedicated special investigations unit by the ICSS is another significant step forward in its evolution, and it aims to provide an important and independent investigations service for organisations and individuals across the sports industry.”