Published: Guidelines on sports integrity

Strasbourg, France 5 October 2020
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Photo: Nicolas Hoizey

Photo: Nicolas Hoizey

In 2017, Unesco’s MINEPS VI conference produced the Kazan Action Plan, which lays out concrete actions to link sport policy development to the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations, as well as support to an overarching sport policy follow-up framework and five priority areas for international and national multi-stakeholder cooperation. The Council of Europe through its Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) was privileged to co-ordinate Action 3 of the Kazan Action Plan: the preparation of guidelines on integrity in sport.

For the first time, the abundance of initiatives aimed at preserving the integrity of sports competitions, of people and of sports organisations, are brought together in one single, holistic approach to the integrity of sport, and the Working Group set up to deliver the guidelines under Action 3 has identified those cross-cutting principles which should be observed in all relevant policies of the industry.

It is hoped that these guidelines will prove to be a source of inspiration and a useful point of reference for the Ministries responsible for sport which are being asked to pay ever-increasing attention to these issues which make up the darker side of sport.

The guidelines were presented at the recent CIGEPS meeting (28 September 2020) which supported the broad dissemination to member states of tools and methodologies elaborated in the framework of Actions 1, 2 and 3 of the Kazan Action Plan, concerning, in particular, the sport integrity guidelines, with a view to their application, adaptation, further development and endorsement by MINEPS VII.

 Link to presentation video of the guidelines

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 Consult the online directory or add a good practice linked to the guidelines

 If you are interested in a training activity or receiving advice on how to implement the guidelines in your region or country, please get in touch

The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) provides a platform for intergovernmental sports co-operation between the public authorities of its member states. It also encourages dialogue between public authorities, sports federations and NGOs. This contributes to better governance, with the aim of making sport more ethical, more inclusive and safer.


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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.
Recommendations such as the European Sports Charter are regularly monitored via consultative visits in member states. 

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