Aug 12, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, left, and His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, right, is introduced during the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

IOC sets up special unit to curb illegal betting


The International Olympic Committee announced on Sunday that they’ll be establishing a special unit to combat illegal betting and match-fixing.

The statement:

It was agreed the IOC will set up a special unit to coordinate efforts (on match-fixing and illegal betting).

 

This unit will work on risk prevention and the dissemination of information and will support the harmonization of rules of the Olympic and sports movements.

 

These rules will be based on examples from some of the international federations already working on this issue, such as (FIFA) which has already applied severe sanctions (Reuters).

While the Olympics haven’t had a huge problem with match-fixing or illegal betting, there was a controversy at the 2012 London Olympics when badminton players from South Korea, China, and Indonesia intentionally lost matches to receive better draws. There was also an issue at the 2008 Beijing Games when Irish sailor Peter O’Leary placed bets that the British team would capture the gold medal, but O’Leary was only punished with a warning.

[Source: Reuters]

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