On 21 December 2015, in Strasbourg, France, Minister of Youth and Sports of
Ukraine Ihor Zhdanov signed on behalf of Ukraine the
Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. The purpose of this Convention to
prevent, detect, punish and discipline the manipulation of sports competitions,
as well as enhance the exchange of information and national and international
cooperation between the public authorities concerned, and with sports
organisations and sports betting operators. Thus, Ukraine became the 22nd participating state of this Organization.
By signing the
Convention, Ukraine responded to the call of Secretary General of the Council
of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland,
who during a working visit to Kyiv in March 2015 invited Ukraine to join the
Convention on the manipulation
of sports competitions, which
have become a rampant phenomenon in international sports movement. The signing
ceremony was held in the presence of Deputy Secretary General of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.
The Convention calls on governments to adopt measures,
including legislation, notably to prevent conflicts of interest in sports
betting operators and sports organisations; to encourage the sports betting
regulatory authorities to fight against fraud, if necessary by limiting the
supply of sports bets or suspending the taking of bets; fight against illegal
sports betting, allowing to close or restrict access to the operators concerned
and block financial flows between them and consumers.