Six Lithuanian institutions have signed a renewed agreement to cooperate in combating sports manipulation.
“It is very important to commit ourselves to international standards that are being developed and have been developed,” Education, Science and Sport Minister Algirdas Monkevičius told reporters after the signing ceremony on Thursday.
“I am glad that we have renewed the agreement and will develop […] a national plan modelled on that of Denmark,” he said.
The agreement will help Lithuania to prepare for ratifying the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, also known as the Macolin Convention, according to the ministry.
“By ratifying the Macolin Convention, Lithuania will commit itself to more effective international and national cooperation among interested parties – state authorities, sports organisations and sports betting operators – to combat unfair competitions,” it said in a press release.
The convention also obliges signatory countries to establish national platforms to collect, analyse and share information, coordinate anti-fraud efforts and work with other countries.
The document was signed by Education, Science and Sport Minister Algirdas Monkevičius, Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė, director of the Special Investigation Service Žydrūnas Bartkus, Prosecutor General Evaldas Pašilis, director of the Gaming Control Authority Virginijus Daukšys, director of the Financial Crime Investigation Service Antoni Mikulski, and Police Commissioner General Renatas Požėla.
“I do not think that the problem is any smaller in Lithuania than in other countries. New technologies mean that the problem is becoming increasingly acute,” Tamašunienė told reporters after the ceremony.
The police are currently investigating three cases of suspected sports result manipulation, she said.
The signing ceremony was to be followed by a discussion with Michael Ask, the CEO of Anti-Doping Denmark.
The European Commission has expressed concern that manipulation of the results of sports competitions violates the ethics and integrity of sport.
The original agreement on cooperation in fighting manipulation in sport results was signed in April 2015.