IOC Sets Up Illegal Betting Unit To Protect Future Games From Illegal Gambling, Match-Fixing
The IOC "will set up a special unit to tackle illegal betting and match-fixing in a bid to make sure it does not become an issue in future Games," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. The IOC "held a meeting in Lausanne with its stakeholders" including FIFA, the governing authority of athletics, the IAAF, and Olympic Committee chiefs from Russia and the U.S., among others. The IOC said in a statement, "It was agreed the IOC will set up a special unit to coordinate efforts (on match-fixing and illegal betting). This unit will work on risk prevention and the dissemination of information and will support the harmonization of rules of the Olympic and sports movements." The Olympics "have been largely unaffected by illegal betting or match-fixing." Athletes and officials "are forbidden from betting on the Olympics and the IOC has been co-operating with legal betting agencies in the past few Games to monitor betting patterns for any suspect or unusual wagers" (REUTERS, 11/3).