The RINGS Project, which will run for two and half years (from January 2020 to June 2022), held its kick-off meeting on the 11th and 12th of February 2020. The main purpose of the project is to develop and modernise strategic management of National Olympic Committees (NOC) in Europe. In addition, the tools and outputs developed during the project will equip and support the NOCs in their daily operational management and thus improve their governance. In order to achieve this objective, several activities such as transnational meetings and national training workshops will take place in the different countries included in the consortium. Co-funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Sport Programme, the RINGS project gathers an important consortium with 13 organisations including 11 NOCs (Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Cyprus and Greece) and the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, as well as the EOC EU Office as project leader.
Due to numerous scandals in the past few years related to ethical questions the need for actions in terms of integrity and good governance in the field of sport is obvious. Regarding governance, the EOC EU Office has taken up this challenge through the projects S4GG and SIGGS, which have provided direct support to sport organisations in order to improve their governance as well as being more efficient and having a more ethical way of functioning.
The involvement of the IOC in the consortium allows the POINTS project to build on the concept of ‘Single Points of Contact’, developed within the IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS) and related to the fight against match-fixing.
With the POINTS Project, the EOC EU Office aims to adapt and further develop these activities to help National Olympic Committees, European Federations, and national sport federations in Europe to safeguard the integrity of their sports and to strengthen their governance.
For more information, visit the POINTS website.