The AFC Asian Cup 2015 Integrity Officers’ Train-the-Trainer Course, which is a key activity within FIFA’s Integrity Initiative in training and building capacity - and the first of its kind in Asia - came to a close today in Kuala Lumpur.
A total of 16 integrity officers from the member associations participating in the AFC Asian Cup 2015 joined the event, which was aimed at providing awareness sessions ahead of the Asian showpiece as part of the joint collaboration between FIFA and Interpol Integrity in Sport Unit. It was the first time the AFC had hosted such a course on integrity prior to one of its competitions.
The sessions covered topics such as principles of match manipulation, presentation skills, facilitation skills, motivating integrity in football, designing integrity workshops, recording and certifying procedures and workshop planning.
FIFA Integrity Manager, Nicholas Raudenski said: “We appreciate the AFC leadership for making such a decision and we are confident that this course will further enable the integrity officers of the Asian Cup participating national teams to motivate integrity back home."
“There is no quick, easy fix to match-fixing," added Interpol’s Programme Manager, Julie Norris. "The solution must be strategic and long-lasting.”
Sanjeevan Balasingam, the AFC’s Director of Member Associations and Development department, affirmed the confederation's commitment to this process. He said. “The AFC Asian Cup is our flagship tournament and it showcases the best of Asian football. Therefore it is our priority to train these participating member associations' integrity officers who will educate their respective players and officials before departing for Australia.”
FIFA has undertaken a variety of activities, the majority of which have been developed in cooperation with INTERPOL, to increase awareness of the threat posed by match manipulation. In the context of awareness-raising initiatives, 196 of FIFA’s 209 member associations (93 per cent) have been involved in such initiatives, programmes and campaigns to date.