Herbert Smith Freehills assists with first prevention of corruption clause in Olympic Games host city contract

Sylvia Schenk, a consultant in our Frankfurt disputes team, has worked with global anti-corruption NGO Transparency International to secure the first prevention of corruption clause in an Olympic Games host city’s contract. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on 31 July that the 2028 games would go to Los Angeles. Although the contract must be ratified by the full IOC membership in September, the IOC has, for the first time, included an anti-corruption clause in the contract accepted by the city. The document includes mandates for nondiscrimination, protection of human rights and prevention of fraud or corruption “including by establishing and maintaining effective reporting and compliance.”

Sylvia advises clients on compliance, sports law, sustainability and human rights. She began seriously working against human rights abuses and corruption in global sports in 2006 after a career as a track athlete, including competing in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. For further details, see the article in Corporate Counsel.

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