Sports and Corruption


Sports and Corruption

Sporting events draw people, societies and nations together. The competition of sports transcends language, politics, religion, and culture. Recently, however, sporting competitions have been marred by organized corruption networks that threatening the integrity of the game. With vast amounts of money at stake and limited risk of detection, match fixing and manipulation of competitive events has become a lucrative target for criminal networks.

Protecting sports against match-fixing, manipulation, and criminal enterprises requires that legislators, public officials, law enforcement, professional organizations, civil society, and news media have the capacity to legislate, regulate, investigate, and/or document corruption in sports.

UNISHKA’s highly-skilled consultants provide an array of experience including: legislative drafting; developing regulations for professional organizations; training investigators, civil society, and news media organizations on methods and techniques for investigating and documenting corruption in sports; and conducting open-source analysis of sporting events or suspected criminal activities.


Drago Kos

SME – European Union and OECD

Drago Kos is an anti-corruption expert with specialized understanding of Sports & Corruption, having served 8 years as a professional FIFA and UEFA referee and referee observer. Mr. Kos was instrumental in drafting the Recommendation of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on Manipulation of Sports Results (match fixing) and the Council of Europe Convention against Manipulation of Sports Results. More generally, Mr. Kos was the first chairman of the Commission for the Prevention of Corruption in Slovenia and was a founding commissioner in the Joint Independent Monitoring & Evaluation Committee in Afghanistan. He has also served as the Chairman of the Council of Europe’s Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and as a Co-Chair of European Partners against Corruption, he is also a member of the US COGEL’s Global Affairs Committee. Previous positions include Deputy Director of the Slovenian Criminal Investigation Directorate, Vice-chairman of the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network, and a member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on Organised Crime.

Illustrative Project Experience

UNISHKA and its personnel have a proven track record of success in designing and implementing sustainable gender equality strengthening projects on a global scale. Our illustrative experience includes the following projects:

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