KEYNOTE – Match Fixing in Professional Sports: The Threat to America
Declan Hill is an investigative journalist, documentary film-maker and academic. He specializes in the study of organized crime and international issues. He was the first journalist to break the story of Asian match-fixing gangs linked to the multi-billion dollar gambling markets destroying international football in his book ‘The Fix: Soccer & Organized Crime’. It has now become a best-seller in 21 languages. In 2013, he published the academic version ‘The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing’ which is now available in English and Japanese.
Declan will speak of The Cold War Spy Games Inside Sports and his view on how it impacts America: “As the world fixates on Russian spying and cyber-attacks in U.S. politics, the field of sports has been struck by similar intrusions and Canadian athletes and organizations are among the hardest hit. The Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was warned last summer that Russian hackers were trying to breach its computer system, according to security officials and computer experts who requested anonymity to discuss the matter. The agency’s former director general, David Howman, who reported that he received death threats during his tenure, said these kinds of attacks in sport are unprecedented. The attacks are believed to be in retaliation for the revelations before the Rio Olympics about widespread Russian state-sponsored doping.”