Today the Ministry of Sports of Tatarstan hosted a seminar on "Sport against Corruption" for the managers and staff of sports institutions. The seminar participants, who included employees of the Ministry, veterans of sport, athletes and coaches, listened to informative speeches from the invited speakers.
Among the speakers were Khalil Shaikhutdinov, First Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan; Almaz Sagitzyanov, Prosecutor of the Department for Monitoring Compliance with Anti-Corruption Legislation of the Tatarstan Republic Prosecutor's Office; Ruslan Nikonov, Chief Adviser of the Organisational Department of the Tatarstan Republic Presidential Anti-Corruption Policy Department; Igor Bikeev, First Vice Rector, Vice Rector for Research and Professor at Kazan State V.G. Timiryazov Innovative University. Natalia Grechannikova, Deputy Rector for Administration, Social Development and Youth Policy of the Volga Region University of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism, also took part in the seminar.
"Sport is one of the few sectors where common global principles are established and which should be followed by everyone. These are sport integrity principles that include anti-corruption, anti-doping, elimination of competition manipulation, fairness, professionalism and adherence to high moral and ethical standards for all athletes," Khalil Shaikhutdinov, Deputy Minister of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan, said in front of the organisational heads.
He stressed that since 2015 Tatarstan has had an anti-corruption programme in place. According to him, sport is an area where special attention must be paid to anti-corruption rules because they are related to competition and struggle.
Almaz Sagitzyanov, in turn, stressed that in order to reduce the number of corruption offences it is necessary to raise the legal awareness of citizens.
At the end of the seminar the participants of the seminar considered the issues of corruption with participation of the employees of the agency and parents of children studying in the sections. In particular, experts explained what gifts can be given to coaches so that it is not considered a bribe. According to Almaz Sagetdinov, the value of the gift shall not exceed 3 thousand roubles but even in such case it may be regarded as a case of corruption in certain circumstances.
Press Service of the Ministry of Sport of the Republic of Tatarstan