At a time where the threats to the integrity of the Olympic sport have had a sharp impact on many organisations in sport, the Olympic Committee of Portugal wants to pave the way and implement several measures to effectively tackle this scourge to the credibility of sport.
Protecting sport is a top priority on our agenda and, backed by the expertise and valuable collaboration of the ICSS, the COP executive commission recently approved this Code of Conduct on Sport Betting Integrity as a first step of an action plan aimed to prepare Portuguese sport with the proper tools to face the challenge.
Thanks to the ICSS, we will be better equipped to deal with the critical challenges facing sport in our country and preserve its ethics and financial integrity, as well as to promote the most adequate youth development policies, involving the Olympic Committee, the sports federations, clubs athletes and of course the youngsters.
This memorandum of understanding, signed during the opening session of our second National Sports Conference, happens in a decisive time and represents an important and ambitious landmark for Cape Verde and our sport.
This partnership with the ICSS signals an important moment for the AFE, as well as players and, I hope, for clubs, leagues and administrators throughout Spain.
The special working groups that will be established as part of this agreement will draw upon the ICSS global expertise on sport integrity issues and will aim to drive best practice that will help to make Spanish football stronger in the future and help all parties involved to build a football full of values
I look forward to working closely with my friend Emanuel and the ICSS and demonstrating our commitment to protecting and educating young players, as well as ensuring the long-term viability of football throughout Spain.
Some of the initiatives that Italy has developed to promote and protect the values of sport, mainly for the good of youth, have been designed and implemented in cooperation with Save the Dream.
I am very glad that Qatar will host on 22 December the Italian Super Cup and most importantly that it is not just a match but a joint global call, launched from Doha, for the protection of sport values to preserve the future of our youth. Thanks to the popularity of Italian football, I am sure that the message of Save the Dream will be heard by many people all around the world.
UNESCO is the UN lead agency for Physical Education and Sport but one of its main goals is also promoting access to quality education for all. To this end we are committed to promote sport among young people, in particular in schools, to be played in a secure environment and with the highest ethical standards in mind. I believe the strategic partnership established with ICSS and Save the Dream will move the agenda in this direction in Qatar and the region.