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Coaches and Sport Integrity: Needs in coaching education

Contemporary sport coaches are in the middle of new ethical challenges in competitive and grassroots sports Sport events manipulation, sport doping, and similar harmful irregularities in sport, such as sport governance touch every activity of a modern coach. 

Although there are some instances of coaches being involved in match fixing corruption it is usually to gain unfair competitive advantage rather than profiting from betting on the result. However coaches they do have regular access to the players and have the ability to influence how a match is played. As such they are directly targeted on occasion by corrupters [match fixers] or brought under pressure from within the club, primarily by the club managers, owners and executives. With the advent and increase of ‘in game’ betting  and  the  different  types  of  bets  available  coaches  could  be  used,  for  example,  to  substitute  key players  during  a  game  or  make  late  changes  to  the  team  that  could  influence  the  outcome  of  the match. Last month The coach of the National Police football team [Football Federation of Cambodia] has been banned from professional football for life the over his involvement in fixing an under-19 international match between Australia and Laos, Similarly, coaches are crucial to anti-doping attitudes amongst athletes, because of the influence a coach can have on an athlete’s views. Last year, Russia’s anti-doping record [WADA McLaren report] is heavily linked to coaches’ doping attitudes and involvement, but also WADA research suggested that the coach’s role is not being maximized as it should. 


CSI project aims to five core parameters:

1.   Educate coaches about the global scale and scope of illegal, corrupt, and anti-social conduct in sport.

2.   Give coaches an ethical framework for interrogating the causes and consequences of these practices, and the harms they impose on both stakeholders and the broader community

3.   Give coaches the knowledge, competencies and skills to effectively manage threats to a sport’s integrity mainly doping, match-fixing and good governance.

4.   Enable coaches to build sporting ethical cultures [credibility, transparency, and integrity]

5.   Combine cutting-edge theory with intensive case analysis, best-practice sport management, and give coaches the opportunity to undertake professional-level growth that may lead to latter research studies.