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Cook Islands delegation attend match-fixing seminar

More than 100 delegates from around the Oceania region is attending the workshop which is part of the FIFA-INTERPOL Training, Education and Prevention initiative.
The Cook Islands delegation of nine members left Rarotonga on Sunday evening to attend the first ever match-fixing seminar to be held in the region.
Since 2011, the Interpol-FIFA initiative has developed and implemented a number of training and education programmes to prevent match fixing in football.
The workshop is being organized in partnership with the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), the Fiji Football Association (FFA) and the Fiji Police in order to ensure that it is directly relevant to the current issues faced by football and law enforcement entities within the region.
It is in the understanding that each participant recognize the overall objectives by identifying current good practice and ways to prevent match-fixing in football and more effectively protect the future of the game.
The regional and national sporting bodies is to work together more effectively in partnerships, sharing information and taking action to prevent match-fixing.
The workshop threw light on various match-fixing scenarios and the links involved, tools developed by INTERPOL to combat match-fixing and key areas to fight in sports including identifying key stakeholders, importance of information collection and sharing, training and education.
The seminar is currently being attended by CIFA staffs, law enforcement (Police Officer), CISNOC President, disciplinary chairperson, appeal committee chair and CIFA President.
“Although match-fixing is non-existence in the Cook Islands prevention is the way forward,” says CIFA President, Lee Harmon.