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Queensland Rejects Australian National Sports Lottery Proposed To Boost Olympic Funding

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 22 / 17

Queensland rejected an Australian federal government proposal to boost funding for elite athletes through a British-style national sports ­lottery, "warning it would further embed gambling in sport," according to Chip Le Grand of THE AUSTRALIAN. The government's "strident opposition to the lottery,"...

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