IOC Plans to Keep Olympic Betting Clean
Earlier this week a senior International Olympic Committee (IOC) figure said that they are confident that they can stop gangs behind illegal gambling from fixing any events at this year’s Olympics. There has been a large amount of concern about corruption in top level sport since the jailing last year of three cricketers in London and a recent match-fixing scandal in the Italian football league.
The IOC is not prepared to take any chances with the Olympics and has been working closely with British authorities to make sure that there is no event fixing. Christophe De Kepper, the IOC Director General, said that as the Olympics is such a huge event with a large amount of scrutiny it is not a “primary target of match fixing”. However, he said that they are treating it as a serious threat and have taken measures “to be ready in case anyone would want to fix competition at the Olympic Games.”
Licensed bookies in Britain have signed up to monitor betting during the Olympics. They will then be sending their findings to the Gambling Commission. The head of security for William Hill, Bill South, has said that any suspicious betting will be reported and that the IOC has set up a joint assessment unit for the duration of the Games.
De Kepper has said that due to the large sums of money involved the battle against fixing is far more complicated than the battle against doping. Advances in technology also mean that there are more opportunities for fixing. Thanks to in-play betting players can now be tempted to fix events within a contest which at first glance can seem trivial.
However, De Kepper said that the IOC was not against betting, partly because a number of sports receive funding from the lottery or levies on gaming.