The launch of a Sports Investigators Network, designed to share information about manipulation, including illegal betting, was also hailed as a powerful tool by Bach.

“With this network of 200 trained investigators from International and National Federations, National Olympic Committees and sports disciplinary bodies, we can really go to the heart of the problem, which is having access to information as soon as possible and, in some cases, even before the problem occurs,” Bach said.

“Having this investigators’ unit in place will allow us to address issues from the roots.”

During the Forum, the IOC and Europol also signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will establish a mutual cooperation framework between the two organisations. This, it is claimed, will facilitate the exchange of expertise, the dissemination of information and the engagement in joint endeavours related to the field of manipulation of competitions and related organised crime.

“Corruption in sports is a global criminal phenomenon perpetrated by organised crime groups operating cross-border and often involved in other crimes,” Europol’s deputy executive director Wil van Gemert said.

“Working closely together in coalition with key partners, like the IOC, is crucial in the fight against corruption in sports.

“Combating sports corruption means not only defending the integrity of sports but also protecting the public from criminals who cause significant damage to the safety, security and wellbeing of the EU citizens.”