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Lapasset promises fight to get sport clean

Bernard Lapasset has promised SportAccord members that he will help safeguard their sports from the threat of match-fixing, corruption and doping should he be elected president at the end of the month.

International Rugby Board president Lapasset is standing against Marius Vizer, International Judo Federation president, to replace Hein Verbruggen, the former president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), who has held the position since 2004.

“Sport is a constantly evolving landscape that presents great opportunities but also challenges. Currently those challenges are in the realms of combating match-fixing and corruption,” Lapasset told SportBusiness International, adding that he wants SportAccord to review and implement “educational, monitoring and deterrent processes to ensure that they are fit for purpose in safeguarding the sports community from such threats."

Lapasset also says he is keen to work with WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) in order to strengthen its processes and educate athletes about the dangers of using illegal substances.

The presidential vote will take place at the SportAccord General Assembly in St. Petersburg on May 31.

For in-depth interviews with SportAccord presidency candidates Marius Vizer and Bernard Lapasset, see www.sportbusiness.com later this week.