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FIFA-Interpol Workshop to enlighten on evils of match manipulation

Workshop in Delhi on January 15-16

AIFF Media Team

NEW DELHI: A FIFA-Interpol Workshop on ‘Tackling Match Fixing and Corruption in Football’ will be held from January 15-16, 2013 in New Delhi. The Workshop is part of FIFA-Interpol Training, Education and Prevention initiative and is being partnered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Besides representatives from FIFA, Interpol — the World’s largest Police Organisation, and CBI, the Workshop and would also be attended by representatives from Delhi Police. Officials from Mumbai Police have also been invited for the same.

Furthermore, representatives from All India Football Federation (AIFF), International Cricket Council (ICC), Football Club owners would also be present along with representatives from the Ministry of Sports & Youth Affairs.

Dr. Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Development Officer for South and Central Asia who is coordinating the two-day meet said the priority stays to “educate all stakeholders.”

“FIFA has a partnership with Interpol since 2011 and the focus is to put into place the preventive measures and educate all the stakeholders and key players about the menace of match manipulations. We intend to engage all the law enforcing agencies in the act,” Dr. Prabhakaran told

“I need to complement All India Football Federation for being proactive and coming on board for bringing this initiative to India,” he added.

“A Partnership development meeting involving the key stakeholders of Football and Law Enforcement Agencies would also be held at the end of Workshop,” Dr. Prabhakaran informed. “This Group will be taking the discussion forward and put in place the framework and continue the process of educating all about the manipulation and related issues.”

As part of the Programme, the two-day Workshop will throw light on various match-fixing scenarios and the links involved in it. A separate session will be devoted on Interpol demonstrating as how to combat ‘Match-fixing.’

The tool available in the fight against corruption in sport including identifying key stakeholders, importance of information collection and sharing, training and education and how to overcome barriers and motivate key factors will furthermore be explained.