PtG Article 24.11.2010

Swiss Sports Minister vows to lead corruption fight

Switzerland must become a model in fighting corruption in sport, says Swiss Sport Minister Ueli Maurer.

“It’s clear that Switzerland is obliged to do something to fight corruption as we have lots of international federations with headquarters in Switzerland and we want to set an example in solving this problem,” Maurer told

At the end of October as FIFA was rocked by a corruption scandal, Maurer asked Federal Sport Office officials to re-examine the issue of corruption in sport and check the existing legal framework governing sports federations, which critics say is very loose. A report is due in mid 2011.

“But resolving this issue won’t be easy, as we have the federations with their rules, national and international laws and global problems. It may take two or three years before a decision,” said the minister.