[author: Jonathan Salt]
Senior representatives and stakeholders of the Olympic Movement met on 4 November at IOC headquarters where President Thomas Bach announced the latest measure in the fight against match-fixing and illegal betting. It was agreed that the IOC will create a special unit to co-ordinate current efforts in its fight match-fixing and illegal betting. The IOC’s statement went on to say that “this unit will work on risk prevention and dissemination of information and will support harmonisation of rules of the Olympic and sports movements”. These issues were at the top of outgoing President Rogge’s agenda and President Bach has pledged to continue the work in this area, with more proposals expected to follow in the coming months.
The IOC said that “rules will be based on examples from federations such as FIFA which has already applied severe sanctions.” Whilst the Olympic Games has been largely unaffected by illegal betting, athletes and officials are already forbidden from betting on Olympic events, the special unit is seen as a formal co-ordination of current operating practices in an effort to build on the good work done in London 2012 and ensure that it does not become an issue in future events.