Global investigative and advisor firm Quest has joined hands with sports’ leading commercial and legal consultants The Sports Consultancy have formed an alliance to start Global Sports Investigations.
The GSI was formally launched in London recently. Representatives from the British Athletes Commission, England Boxing, Sport England, UK Sport and many other national governing bodies and international federations were present at the launch. Quest Chairman and former London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens and The Sports Consultancy founder and MD Robert Datnow hosted the event.
“There has never been a bigger need for independent investigation and consultation in the sporting industry,” Lord Stevens said.
GSI’s unique offering, which is the combined expertise of both investigators, lawyers, and consultants – specifically in sport – will offer sporting bodies: scoping and consultation; investigations; ongoing monitoring; recommendations, and implementation. This end-to-end offering is unique in the sports world. From expert knowledge and experience on betting, integrity and athlete welfare, to anti-doping, governance and transparency, safeguarding and commercial rights, GSI will be able to advise and investigate on all fronts.
Speaking at the event, Annamarie Phelps, Vice Chair of the British Olympic Association, said: “Sport is no different from any other sector, it has a responsibility to operate with integrity at its heart. Sports bodies should not only follow the law, they should ensure their values and the behaviours of their staff, athletes and fans set a moral standard above the law. Because sport is so important to communities worldwide, we must be flag-bearers for integrity in every aspect of what we do.”
Robert Datnow, Founder and Managing Director of The Sports Consultancy said: “This is the time to launch GSI. In the climate of increased scrutiny into behaviour, integrity transparency and the governance of sport, the need for truly independent, expert, professional, end-to-end management of investigations and inquiries, where sport can be confident of the planning, outcomes and follow through has never been more needed by the entire sports community.”