Olympic challenges now include match-fixing & gambling as well as doping

Published July 26th, 2012 - 02:35 GMT

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge believes that match-fixing and gambling are new challenges during the sporting event.

According to The Telegraph, the two challenges are even a bigger threat to the Olympics movement than doping, Rogge said.

"We have made doping a top priority, now there is a new danger coming up that almost all countries have been affected by and that is corruption, match-fixing and illegal gambling," Rogge said last year.

Rogge's principal concern appears to be corruption prompted by illegal bookmaking operations in the subcontinent and Asia.

To tackle the threat the IOC has established a monitoring unit, with input from the Metropolitan Police and the UK Gambling Commission.

The Metropolitan Police will bring in any information it has, and the IOC will hope to gather information from international federations and competing nations.ick Tofiluk, head of regulation at the Gambling Commission, said that the likelihood of corruption was minimal.

"Our view is that the threat of something happening is very low," he said.

"There is no specific intelligence that anything is going to happen. However, the impact of something happening would be tremendously high to the reputation of the Olympics, of the UK and sport in general," he added. (ANI)

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