IOC calls for global betting monitoring system
IOC's working group on irregular and illegal betting suggests a global monitoring system. Photo by Rebecca Bollwitt/Flickr
27.05.2013By Play the Game
“Irregular and illegal betting attacks the very foundations of sport, and our efforts to combat the threat require the commitment of a number of important partners, specifically governments,” said International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, according to the IOC website.
The proposed monitoring system should be available to International Federations and serve as information sharing, picking up on irregular betting activities in relation to large sporting events. The FWG further more urged the national sports betting regulators to strengthen their cooperation and information sharing with sporting organizations as well as betting operators.
The FWG also called on sports organisations worldwide to raise awareness of match-fixing and that educational programs be implemented.
The final steps in setting up the system are still underway, said Rogge.
“The setting up of a common sports monitoring system still needs to be discussed by the Olympic Movement, but the work undertaken by the Founding Working Group is paving the way forward and we have made significant progress since our first meeting in 2011.”