POSTED: May 31st 2013

IOC President Rogge confirms new monitoring system to control betting

Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President, has always taken a tough stance on doping and betting / SportAccord
Dr. Jacques Rogge, IOC President, has always taken a tough stance on doping and betting / SportAccord

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(SFC) The International Olympic Committee executive board has given its official backing to the establishment of a monitoring system for suspicious betting activity within the Olympic movement.

In wrapping up three days of meetings at SportAccord Convention in Saint Petersburg, the IOC confirmed that it would begin work on the monitoring system, which will be based on the one that was put in place for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

On Friday the IOC executive board endorsed a report in mid-May by the Founding Working Group on the Fight against Irregular and Illegal Betting in Sport that proposed the new system.

The Founding Working Group, which was established by the IOC in 2007, will oversee the preparation and development of the system, which will be available to International Federations.

In other decisions confirmed by IOC president Jacques Rogge on Friday, the executive board also approved a proposal to allow candidates vying to become the next president of the governing body to present their mandates to the full IOC membership on July 4 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Candidates have until June 6 to announce their intention to apply for the presidency.

Rogge also confirmed that the presidency of the IOC would remain an unpaid role after all six hopefuls turned down the idea of a salary.

Rogge, who steps down in September after 12 years at the helm, recently suggested that the position should be paid.

Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergei Bubka this week became the latest figure to express a desire to be the next IOC president.

IOC vice-presidents Thomas Bach of Germany and Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, IOC finance commission chairman Richard Carrion of Puerto Rico, International Amateur Boxing Association president Ching-kuo Wu of Taiwan International Rowing Federation president Denis Oswald of Switzerland are also in the running.

“We discussed the issue of remuneration and I explained why I launched the idea,” Rogge said.

“There could be a circumstance that the candidate is of a young age and would have to take care of his family.

“All six of them said that they did not want to be remunerated, so that settles the matter for these elections.”

“I have no concerns. I rejoice that any of the six would be very good presidents.”

Rogge also defended the IOC’s decision to remove wrestling from the 2020 Olympics programme, only then to include it in a shortlist of sports for the same Games earlier this week. Squash and softball/baseball are the other two sports vying for a place at the Games.

“I do not see shortcomings in the system and I do not see errors in the system,” he said.

“We do not want change for the sake of change. The purpose is to have the best possible Olympic Games.

The executive board also granted provisional recognition to the World Flying Disc Federation at its meeting on Friday.

On Thursday, the IOC reprimanded Hungarian member and former Hungarian president Pal Schmitt after it emerged that most of his doctoral thesis about the modern Olympics had been copied from other authors.

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