President of the Republic of Lithuania

Sport must be clean and transparent

2017-10-10

Tuesday, October 10, Vilnius – President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, to discuss transparency, anti-doping and gender equality in sports. These are the milestones of the Olympic Agenda 2020 – which Lithuania, too, seeks to implement.

The President underlined that corruption and doping scandals were undermining trust in the Olympic ideals. The values of solidarity and fair play enshrined in the Olympic Charter cannot be reconciled with either fraud or financial machinations. Fighting corruption in sports, therefore, is a responsibility shared by the states and the International Olympic Committee.

Today sports is not only about national pride and achievement; it is also an economic advantage. In 2015 alone, Lithuanian sports created an economic value added which amounted to 262 million euros. According to the President, it was therefore vitally important to fight manipulation in sports. Lithuania has adopted amendments to legal acts and the Criminal Code that help protect the public’s right to fair games and prevent any kind of manipulation.

Among the other issues discussed at the meeting were the achievements of Lithuanian athletes, their preparation for the 2018 Winter Olympics and the engagement of more women in sport governance.

The President updated Thomas Bach about the international forum held in Lithuania on advancing women's leadership. Fostering gender equality is among the priorities of the Olympic Agenda 2020. Lithuania ranks as one of the leaders in this area. Since the reestablishment of Lithuanian independence, three out of five Olympic gold medals were won by women.

Press Service of the President

Last updated 2017.10.10 11:54

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