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Macolin Convention: overcoming the challenges

Moscow, Russian Federation 14 June 2018
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Macolin Convention: overcoming the challenges

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.

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EPAS aims to promote the development of any sport whose benefits are wide-reaching. It develops policies and standards, monitors them and helps with capacity-building and the exchange of good practices.

Different recommendations initially prepared by EPAS have been adopted by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on issues of sports ethics, the autonomy of the sports movement, and the protection of young athletes from dangers associated with migration. Older recommendations such as the European Sports Charter are regularly monitored via consultative visits in member states. The Recommendation on Gender mainstreaming in sport is the most recent and was adopted on 21 January 2015. Work is currently underway to revise an old recommendation on “free fighting contests, such as cage fighting”.