Laws proposed to stall corruption at London 2012

| 17/08/2011

(The Guardian): The government is to change the law to enable better information sharing between the International Olympic Committee, the police and regulators in a bid to clamp down on potential corruption ahead of the London Games. The IOC's president, Jacques Rogge, has recently taken a lead in attempting to tackle the global issue of match-fixing and corruption, which have been most prevalent in football, snooker and cricket but which he believes also poses a threat to the Olympics. Rogge has claimed that the problem is as much of a threat to sport's future as doping, and has convened a series of summits to agree a plan of action, involving sports ministers from around the world, including Britain's Hugh Robertson, and Interpol.

"It is a world problem and it is a very pernicious problem. With the introduction of broadband, you can bet worldwide," Rogge told the Guardian last month. "The danger is that from illegal betting comes match-fixing and you see more and more attempts to manipulate matches. It is as dangerous as doping for the credibility of sport.It's only the beginning of a huge battle."

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