Plans for a Hangzhou 2022 competition manipulation hotline were revealed during a presentation by Tony Tarraf, standing ©OCA

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Athletes' Forum concluded here, with plans for a hotline to combat competition manipulation at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games revealed.

The second day of the Athletes' Forum began with a presentation by the head of the OCA athletes development department and special projects Tony Tarraf on the prevention of the manipulation of competition.

This included an outline on different types of competition manipulation, including losing on purpose and officials or judges making deliberately wrong decisions for a financial or sporting advantage.

Examples of how match fixers operate were provided to participants, and potential sanctions outlined included bans from sport, fines, jail sentences and a loss of credibility.

Delegates were urged to follow four rules - don't fix, don't bet on their own sport or any event at a multi-sport event, don’t share information about health issues and sports tactics and speak up if they witness or suspect competition manipulation.

The Olympic Movement's tools to combat the manipulation of competition - regulations and legislation, awareness raising and education, and monitoring, intelligence and investigation - were also shared with those in attendance.

They were pointed towards the OCA Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions published in May 2021, and plans for a reporting mechanism at the delayed Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games were revealed.

Participants were urged to follow four rules to help prevent the manipulation of competition at the OCA Athletes' Forum ©OCA
Participants were urged to follow four rules to help prevent the manipulation of competition at the OCA Athletes' Forum ©OCA

"For the first time at the Asian Games we will have a way for athletes to report on the manipulation of competitions," Tarraf said.

"We are doing this to protect our athletes and anyone caught doing this in Hangzhou will face sanctions and bans.

"We will have a dedicated hotline - [email protected] - for athletes to inform the authorities.

"This will be a confidential hotline and will be operating 24/7."

Members of Athletes' Committees across Asia were then urged to discuss the Forum's presentation with other members and National Olympic Committees (NOCs), connect with their NOC's specific points of contact and be role models when they return home.

Another session followed on athlete career development for sport and beyond, led by the Badminton World Federation's head of educational programmes Sharon Springer.

This included a panel discussion by IOC Athletes' Commission members Masomah Ali Zada and Abhinav Bindra and OCA Athletes' Committee member Mark Chay Jung Jun, who shared experiences on how they developed their career on and off the field of play.

The final topic covered by the Athletes' Forum concerned the fight against doping, led by OCA Anti-Doping Commission member Gobinathan Nair.

He outlined the consequences of doping and measures athletes can take to avoid committing anti-doping rule violations, and then led a breakout session where groups discussed a case study.

Nair urged those in attendance to ensure their country's athletes in contention for the delayed Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games complete an anti-doping education and learning (ADEL) e-learning module provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"Please work together with your National Anti-Doping Organisation to ensure all athletes going to the Asian Games complete the ADEL e-learning module," Gobi said.

"This is because the anti-doping education and learning platform will provide insight on all aspects of anti-doping.

"We want education to be the first experience of anti-doping for all athletes.

"We don’t want them to go to the Asian Games and for their first experience of anti-doping to be testing.

"It is better they are educated on the pitfalls of doping first."

The Forum concluded with a summary of the outcomes and recommendations.

These covered OCA Athletes' Committee elections set to be held at Hangzhou 2022 and the stance supporting the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes as neutrals, and recommendations for National Olympic Committees' Athletes' Committees to have a dedicated liaison or administrator to support their work and apply for a $10,000 (£8,200/€9,300) Olympic Solidarity grant.