Manipulation of sport competitions is one of the most important threats in sport spoiling its values and its credibility. The only international, legally binding treaty to address the problem is the Macolin Convention of the Council of Europe. Greece ratified this Convention in 2019 and is one of the 7 countries that have ratified it. Greece has created the National Platform for Sport Integrity (EPATHLA) based on Article 13 of the Macolin Convention.
EPATHLA is a coordinating body consisting of 5 bodies, General Secretariat of Sports, National Transparency Authority, Hellenic Gaming Commission, Hellenic Police and the Sport Prosecutor. It has responsibilities for the management of complaints/reports and exchanging information on issues of manipulation, awareness raising & education activities as well as cooperation with relevant international bodies.
From the beginning of 2021 until today, EPATHLA has developed report and complaint management procedures and has administrated more than 60 reports/complaints in approximately 15 months. At the same time, he has carried out training and awareness activities for the members of the sport community with leaflets, TV spots and webinars, while he has contributed to the creation of appropriate institutional tools. Also important is the cooperation that is being developed between EPATHLA and the relevant University Schools for educational and research purposes on this issue.
After several years of inactivity, Greece now participates actively in the international environment against the manipulation of sport competitions by cooperating with the national platforms of other countries, as well as with the International Olympic Committee, Interpol, UEFA, FIFA, FIFpro. The Chairman of EPATHLA Mr. George Mavrotas has also been elected Chairman of the Macolin Convention Follow Up Committee while Ms. Maria Dimopoulou from the Hellenic Gaming Commission is on the executive committee of the Group of Copenhagen (International Network of National Platforms).