PARIS, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. With little over a week left before the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Interpol signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at protecting and securing global sporting events.
The memorandum was inked on Thursday by IOC President Thomas Bach and Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble.
Interpol said on its official website that it “will work with the IOC to identify and address issues that could affect the security and integrity of matches and competitions, such as doping, match-fixing and illegal or irregular sports betting activities, and attempted corruption of match officials and players, particularly during the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games.”
The agreement also stipulates Interpol’s additional assistance for the IOC in providing security at international matches and sporting events.
“As the world’s largest law enforcement organization, it is natural for Interpol to team up with the International Olympic Committee to secure and protect such universal events as the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games,” Noble was quoted as saying after the signing of the document.
Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev repeatedly stated that Russia took unprecedented measures for security provision at the Winter Olympics, which run between February 7 and 23, and followed by Winter Paralympics on March 7-16.