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Protecting Integrity in Sport Organizations: Prevalence and Prevention of Corruption in Sport

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Corruption is a persistence problem in the sport industry. During the past decade the sporting world experienced high instances of doping and match fixing, we learned of the extent that transnational crime syndicates exploit the lack of legislation and transnational agency cooperation, and we observed how poor transparency practices can invite tax evasion and money laundering. National and international agencies and scholars have called for a variety of strategic responses (e.g., improved governance, criminalization of sport corruption, education, and transnational partnerships) to detect and reduce corruption, which have been somewhat effective in curbing corruption; however, despite the adoption of these strategies, the integrity of sport continues to be at a high risk.

While there is no one accepted definition of sport corruption, we broadly conceived it as the abuse of power for personal and/or group gain. A growing body of sport corruption literature has generally focused on understanding the individual, organizational, and environmental factors that contribute to match fixing and doping. Opportunities exist for scholarship to examine different types of corruption (e.g., money laundering, tax evasion, bribery, worker exploitation) from a multilevel understanding. In addition, a gap in the literature exists in empirically examining the effectiveness of different reform efforts. Such as how multi-stakeholder partnerships can effectively collaborate to reduce sports corruption, what types of criminalization of sport corruption works across countries, and the status of nation states in curbing corruption. Thus, our understanding of the factors that contribute to different forms of corruption and the effectiveness of innovative reform efforts as well as practical recommendations for detecting and safeguarding organizations from different types of corruption warrant further research. The intended scope of this Research Topic is therefore to collect manuscripts that provide an overview of the state of corruption and preventive measures in sport research.

We aim to publish a collection of articles (Original Research, Case Reports, Reviews, General Commentaries AND Perspectives) that will advance knowledge about the persistence of corruption in the sport industry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Understanding factors that contribute to different types and forms of corruption in sport in different contexts
• Examining the persistence of corruption in the sport industry
Effective reform strategies such as:
• Examining multi-stakeholder global and national partnerships in detecting and curbing different types of corruption in sport
• Effective reporting, detecting, and governance systems
• Assessment of the effectiveness of anti-corruption education training in detecting and curbing different types of corruption in sport
• Criminalization of sport corruption and legal frameworks against sport corruption
• Comparisons of nation states approaches to curbing corruption in sport

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Keywords: Sport Integrity, Sport Fraud, Sport Ethics, Sport Crime, Anti-sport Corruption


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Corruption is a persistence problem in the sport industry. During the past decade the sporting world experienced high instances of doping and match fixing, we learned of the extent that transnational crime syndicates exploit the lack of legislation and transnational agency cooperation, and we observed how poor transparency practices can invite tax evasion and money laundering. National and international agencies and scholars have called for a variety of strategic responses (e.g., improved governance, criminalization of sport corruption, education, and transnational partnerships) to detect and reduce corruption, which have been somewhat effective in curbing corruption; however, despite the adoption of these strategies, the integrity of sport continues to be at a high risk.

While there is no one accepted definition of sport corruption, we broadly conceived it as the abuse of power for personal and/or group gain. A growing body of sport corruption literature has generally focused on understanding the individual, organizational, and environmental factors that contribute to match fixing and doping. Opportunities exist for scholarship to examine different types of corruption (e.g., money laundering, tax evasion, bribery, worker exploitation) from a multilevel understanding. In addition, a gap in the literature exists in empirically examining the effectiveness of different reform efforts. Such as how multi-stakeholder partnerships can effectively collaborate to reduce sports corruption, what types of criminalization of sport corruption works across countries, and the status of nation states in curbing corruption. Thus, our understanding of the factors that contribute to different forms of corruption and the effectiveness of innovative reform efforts as well as practical recommendations for detecting and safeguarding organizations from different types of corruption warrant further research. The intended scope of this Research Topic is therefore to collect manuscripts that provide an overview of the state of corruption and preventive measures in sport research.

We aim to publish a collection of articles (Original Research, Case Reports, Reviews, General Commentaries AND Perspectives) that will advance knowledge about the persistence of corruption in the sport industry. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
• Understanding factors that contribute to different types and forms of corruption in sport in different contexts
• Examining the persistence of corruption in the sport industry
Effective reform strategies such as:
• Examining multi-stakeholder global and national partnerships in detecting and curbing different types of corruption in sport
• Effective reporting, detecting, and governance systems
• Assessment of the effectiveness of anti-corruption education training in detecting and curbing different types of corruption in sport
• Criminalization of sport corruption and legal frameworks against sport corruption
• Comparisons of nation states approaches to curbing corruption in sport

Fee support solutions are available for authors via the Frontiers Fee-Support Program .


Keywords: Sport Integrity, Sport Fraud, Sport Ethics, Sport Crime, Anti-sport Corruption


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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24 August 2020 Abstract
22 January 2021 Manuscript

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22 January 2021 Manuscript

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