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SBD Global/June 26, 2012/Olympics

IOC Says It Can Keep London Games Gambling Clean

Organizers are "confident that they can prevent gangs behind illegal gambling from fixing events at the Olympics in London next month," according to Keith Weir of REUTERS. The Olympics are "something of a paradox for bookmakers." It is a big event with a large global TV audience, but is "a sideshow for most serious gamblers." However, the IOC is "taking no chances" and is working closely with British authorities to "ensure that fixing does not blight the London Games." IOC Dir General Christophe De Kepper said, "We treat this as a serious threat and we have taken measures to be ready in case anyone would want to fix competition at the Olympic Games." (REUTERS, 6/25).
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