POSTED: May 15th 2013

Founding Working Group concludes fourth meeting in Lausanne to fight illegal betting in sport

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge chaired the fourth meeting of the Founding Working Group on the fight against irregular and illegal betting Tuesday in Lausanne. A set of recommendations to bolster education on the issue, monitoring, exchange of information and intelligence, and legislation were approved.

An Olympic Movement monitoring system was proposed, much like the one used at the London 2012 Olympic Games. National sports betting regulatory authorities were also asked to strengthen ties between themselves and other sports organisations and betting operators.

“Irregular and illegal betting attacks the very foundation of sport, and our efforts to combat the threat require the commitment of a number of important partners, specifically governments,” Rogge said. “The setting up of a common sports monitoring system still needs to be discussed by the Olympic Movement, but the work undertaken by the Founding Working Group is paving the way forward and we have made significant progress since our first meeting in 2011.”

The Founding Working Group also called on sports organisations to use the pre-existing tools and measures to raise awareness of irregular and illegal betting and its ethical standards and risks. The idea is to implement educations programmes to inform stakeholders of the pitfalls of match-fixing and other activities designed to manipulate sports events.

The convention against the manipulation of sports competitions is currently being drafted by the Council of Europe to help states pass appropriate legislation to combat irregular and illegal betting at all levels and is fully supported by the Founding Working Group.        

Keywords · International Olympic Committee · Founding Working Group · Lausanne · Jacques Rogge · Olympic Movement · Olympics · Betting · London 2012 · IOC

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