IOC Sets Up Unit to Combat Illegal Betting

November 4, 2013

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has established a special unit that will be tasked with tackling illegal betting and match-fixing to ensure it does not affect future Olympic Games.

The new unit was set up following a meeting in Lausanne between the IOC and stakeholders including FIFA, the IAAF, Olympic committee chiefs from the USA and Russia amongst others.

An IOC statement said: “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.

“These rules will be based on examples from some of the international federations already working on this issue, such as (FIFA) which has already applied severe sanctions.”

The Olympics has been largely unaffected by illegal betting or match-fixing, though four women’s doubles pairs in the badminton event at the London 2012 Games all played to lose in order to get an easier draw. All four pairings were disqualified and banned.