International Sports Bodies under new investigations

By Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw

According to a report on 31 January in the ‘New York Times’, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York Brooklyn is spearheading a widespread investigation by US Prosecutors into alleged global corruption in sport.

This is the same Office that previously led the investigations into the corruption scandals at FIFA and systematic doping in Russia.

The Sports Bodies under fire include the IOC, FIFA, IAAF, US Olympic Committee (USOC), as well as leading sports figures who have helped to secure hosting rights for a number of major international sporting events.

The Prosecutors have subpoenaed documents, financial records, both corporate and personal, and testimony dating back to 2013.

One of the sporting events involved in this investigation is the Eugene, Oregon, successful bid to host the 2021 IAAF World Championships, which was controversially awarded without any rival bid being invited or considered.

The kind of corruption being investigated by the US Prosecutors includes racketeering, money laundering and fraud.

Prof Dr Ian Blackshaw may be contacted by e-mail at ‘ian.blackshaw@orange.fr’