Protecting the Integrity of Sport

FIBA's mission is to present basketball to the world as an energetic, healthy, and athletic game, free from abusive behaviours and unethical practice of any kind. FIBA has set up structures, processes and programs to improve integrity at competitions and within its own organization.

Fight against doping

Competing on an even playing field where hard work, training and talent are the fundamental difference between winning and losing, holds a central place within the sporting ethos. The practice of trying to gain an unfair advantage through dishonest means is as old as sport itself, and FIBA takes its anti-doping activities seriously. For more information click here

Prevention of competition manipulation

Competition manipulation or match-fixing is an intentional arrangement, act or omission aimed at an improper alteration of the result or the course of a sport competition in order to remove all or part of the unpredictable nature of it. Manipulating a competition kills sport and can destroy careers. For more information click here.

Prevention of harassment and abuse in basketball

Every person in sport, in every role, has the right to participate in an environment that is fun, safe and healthy, and to be treated with respect, dignity and fairness. All forms of harassment, vilification and abuse be it physical, professional, or sexual, and inflicting, facilitating, or tolerating any non-accidental physical or mental injuries, are strictly prohibited by FIBA and can result in penalties and punishments. For more information click here.

FIBA Code of Conduct

FIBA’s Code of Conduct defines a framework to ensure that basketball worldwide is both administered and played within an ethical, honest, fair, transparent, democratic, credible, dignified, and professional behavior and in the spirit of fair play and integrity. Basketball organizations must each be accountable for their own actions and respect the obligations of their membership or relationship with FIBA.

You can find the FIBA Code of Conduct and FIBA's Code of Ethics and Integrity in the FIBA Internal Regulations – Book 1: General Provisions, Chapter 5 here.  

FIBA Integrity Officer

FIBA’s Central Board appoints an Integrity Officer for a four-year term.  The FIBA Integrity Officer may, at the time of their appointment and during their term, not be an employee or a member of FIBA bodies or of any of its Divisions, Regional Offices or Member Federations. Their role is to support, upon request,  FIBA in the investigation of any potential violation brought to their attention. For the purposes of such review, the Integrity Officer may upon FIBA’s request or approval, conduct specific investigations and collaborate with relevant public authorities. 

Integrity Education 

FIBA, in collaboration with the IOC, hosted a series of mandatory webinars on the topic of integrity for all 3x3 teams qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in order to raise awareness about the rights and obligations of players and staff towards betting and match-fixing. FIBA has also collaborated with Athlete 365, the IOC’s official community for elite Athletes and Olympians which provides support through relevant advice, tools and services, to produce an educational video on betting. 

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Report a breach of integrity

Standard or anonymous reports can be made here via a confidential platform. The reporting process to FIBA is done through the platforms of the International Olympic Committee and WADA. By selecting an option of breach either as Anti-Doping ViolationCompetition Manipulation, Integrity Non-Compliance (other than Competition Manipulation) or Harassment/ Abuse the website user will be directed to an integrity and compliance hotline or to the WADA Speak Up platform. FIBA will be directly informed of any report submitted through this platform.

The following initiatives are part of FIBA's integrity program:

SWISH Program
  • A Sport Integrity and Policies program for National Federations, SWISH is part of the TIME-OUT 2.0 program.

    SWISH is a purposely designed program aimed to educate and mentor selected participants in management and administration in the area of integrity and sport policies with the objective of successfully understanding FIBA's regulations as well as the importance of being compliant with integrity policies or regulations.

    Through a series of presentations by experts from the field of sport policy across a wide range of sporting organizations, workshops and discussions on various rules and regulations, the aim of the program is to ensure that all participants and their federations have clarity and understanding of the FIBA regulations as well as other key sport policies.

    The main objective of the SWISH program is to share useful and tailor-made knowledge that will help representatives in their role within their National Federations.

    The latest SWISH Program, held in 2021 as part of TIME-OUT 2.0, concluded with a three-day workshop in Budapest, find out more here

  • A new initiative enabling the creation of a network of integrity specialists within the basketball community.

    FIBA is strongly encouraging its National Federation members to appoint a Single Point of Contact (SPOC)The aim of this project is to have a SPOC person responsible for integrity in each National Federation who will have direct contact with FIBA. They will be responsible, among other things, for implementing FIBA's Code of Ethics and Integrity at a national level, ensuring an appropriate integrity-related education within the country and the creation, maintenance, or management of the national reporting platform.  

    FIBA will meet with all allocated SPOC persons in order to exchange best practices, answer questions, ensure a great network.