The Special Investigations Unit of the International Centre for Sport Security—an international non-profit organization working in the field of sport safety, security, and integrity—today announced the establishment of a confidential Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, fans, and those involved in the sports industry to report misconduct and sport integrity issues in the United States and Canada.
In line with its overall mission to help safeguard sport, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and its Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has set up a specialized and multi-lingual Sport Integrity Hotline to help athletes, coaches, administrators, and members of the public report anonymously any allegation of misconduct or integrity issue that has taken place within sport.
As part of its portfolio of services, the SIU investigates allegations of misconduct and integrity violations across several areas adversely affecting sport:
Administrative corruption and misconduct;
Fraud, including match fixing, illegal betting and money laundering;
Athlete Welfare, including sexual harassment and abuse;
Conflicts of interest and breaches of ethics;
Human trafficking and child protection issues in sport; and
Use of sport for radicalization.
Managed by a specialist ethics and case-management third-party provider, WhistleBlower Security, the Sport Integrity Hotline will be available to receive confidential reports 24 hours a day / 365 days a week via phone, e-mail, or online.“Sport is a growing area of interest for many in the ethics and compliance sector and at Whistleblower Security,” said WhistleBlower Security President Shannon Walker. “We appreciate the opportunity to align ourselves with committed and leading international organizations, like the ICSS, who are dedicated to ensuring integrity and ethics for their workplaces and within their industry.”
Reports and allegations made to the hotline will be managed through a secure and encrypted case management system to protect the identity of the reporter. Once a report is submitted, an alert will immediately be sent to an experienced sport integrity expert at the SIU, who will analyze the case and review any evidence submitted. Details of the case will then be shared with appropriate authorities or relevant bodies, including law enforcement agencies.
“At a time where many current and former athletes in the United States and Canada are bravely speaking out about the years of victimization and abuse they have suffered, it is important that we continue to encourage more people to come forward and to provide them with the right resources and professional tools to help confidentially report and uncover instances of corruption, discrimination and other integrity issues that affect sport today,” said ICSS Group CEO Michael Hershman.
Led by a team of international law-enforcement, anti-corruption experts and sport-integrity investigators with over 60 years’ combined experience, the SIU offers confidential investigation services, specialized training, and independent integrity advice to support governing bodies, law enforcement, athletes and organizations across the sports industry.