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Manipulation of Sports Competitions: Investigation and Prevention

Sergii Kniaziev1, Oleksandr Morhunov2, Iryna Samokhvalova3, Yuriy Tymoshenko4, & Anton Smirnov5


The aim of the work is to formulate proposals for improving the investigation of manipulation of the results of expected results in sports, taking into account the existing gaps in the Macolin Convention. The research employed formal-legal method, logical-legal method and descriptive method. The main obstacles to implementing the Convention of the Council of Europe on the
Manipulation of Sports Competitions were identified. There are legislative, cultural, and economic differences between countries, which do not allow for its implementation in a single way for everyone. The study determined that combating the manipulation of sports competitions is impossible without the proper cooperation of countries and interested participants, aimed at increasing the transparency of the flow of funds in sports, improving sports management and legal framework, etc. The significance of the latest technologies in the fight against threats generated by the growth of the online betting market is noted. The
importance of cooperation with the media in the course of investigations of manipulations was emphasised. The practical significance of the results is the possibility of their application to overcome existing obstacles in the fight against manipulation in sports and use the proposed methods of countering and investigating such manipulations.

Keywords: manipulations, expected results in sports, the Macolin Convention, bets, methods of investigation, corruption, examination.