Ministers responsible for sport met in Russia, on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup, to reassert their strong commitment to the Macolin Convention in order to maintain the political momentum. Four years after the adoption of the Macolin Convention, the situation is now critical. The convention is close to entering into force, with only two more ratifications needed worldwide. Meanwhile, criminal networks are taking advantage of the absence of an international legal framework in order to continue corrupting sports competitions.
This informal networking event, co-organised by EPAS and the Russian Ministry of Sport, gave Ministers from various European countries, South America and Asia, the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the challenges facing states in the ratification process, and to suggest which political initiatives and techniques would help to overcome these obstacles.
The event was opened and chaired by Mr Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sport of the Russian Federation.