Learn the Rules, know your rights and obligations and report!
Competition manipulation occurs when a sportsperson or official cheats to remove the unpredictability of a competition. Sportspersons may cheat to lose a competition or part of it, which is entirely against the Olympic spirit. The reason behind such an action would be either to gain a sporting advantage (e.g. face an easier opponent in the 2nd round of a tournament) or to gain a financial benefit, notably linked with sports betting.
In order to prevent the proliferation of competition manipulation, the World Dance Sport Federation works together with the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions (“OM Unit PMC”) via the educational campaign “Be True, Be You, Believe in Sport" to ensure that all athletes, officials and support staff are aware of the Code of Conduct of the Olympic Movement Unit on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions in order to protect themselves and their sport from threats linked to competition manipulation: WDSF Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions
The Believe in Sport Campaign provides a wide range to tools, including audio-visual materials and e-learning for the Olympic Movement stakeholders to raise awareness about the threats of competition manipulation.
In order to best fight against competition manipulation, the World Dance Sport Federation has adopted rules (link to the rules). National Federations are also required to adopt relevant rules. The rules are in line with the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions. Breaches of the rules lead to disciplinary sanctions.
If such a breach is identified, there will be disciplinary proceedings which could lead to disciplinary sanctions for the sportspersons involved.
Always report & contribute to keeping sport inspirational
Relevant breaches of the Rules not only undermine the credibility of your sport, but also the credibility of the overall sports movement and all athletes. It is therefore not only a responsibility, but also a moral duty of all of us to report anything that comes to our attention and looks suspicious. It is our right and responsibility to contribute to protecting the moral integrity of our fellow athletes and our sport, by reporting in a safe way, any potential breach that comes to our attention.
The WDSF Complaint Form is accessible for anyone at any time to report any suspicious actions that have come to your attention.