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SBD Global/May 17, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Sports Federations Targeted Under Switzerland Anti-Corruption Plan

The Swiss cabinet "proposed tightening anti-corruption laws" on Wednesday, pointing to the int'l sporting federations based in the country "as targets of the suggested changes," according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. In a statement, the government said, "Switzerland is among the countries least affected by corruption and has effective legislation in this regard. But suspicions of corruption in the awarding of the hosting of major sporting events have revealed the weaknesses which exist in the field of private corruption." More than 30 int'l sporting federations have their headquarters in Switzerland, including FIFA, which "has been hit by a string of corruption scandals over the last three years." The Swiss government, worried about the effect on the country's image, "has commissioned a report into the problem" (REUTERS, 5/16).
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