Olympic chief claims $140 billion of illegal gambling worldwide
By Richard Hutchinson on 2011-03-01 17:28:29
LAUSANNE, Switzerland - IOC President Dr Jacques Rogge has claimed that illegal sports betting "involves more than $140 billion", which he claims is "more than the entire income of many developing countries".
Rogge, speaking at a a high-level seminar held at IOC headquarters in Lausanne on gambling on sports, described gambling as "sport's new scourge", which slightly ignores the fact sports have attracted betting for thousands of years. How he calculates illegal sports volumes and the apparent confusions between amounts bet and income were not clarified by Rogge.
The IOC said: "Representatives from the sports world, governments, international organisations and betting operators agreed to create a task force assigned to work on a set of action points they approved during today's first Working Meeting on Irregular and Illegal Sport Betting.
Rogge said that 2nd, 3rd and even 4th division football games were targeted because of the small exposure to television cameras and the fact that highights would not be seen over and over. He mentioned the recent incidence of illegal betting and match fixing in cricket and sumo wrestling and the fact the Olympic sports were not immune.
The IOC will target the following areas:
* The necessity and possibilities for governments, international organisations and sports betting operators to support the sports world in its efforts to protect the integrity of sports competitions;
* The various means to strengthen cooperation between themselves to fight more effectively against all forms of cheating in sport, particularly those linked to irregular and illegal betting;
* The various existing systems, national laws, self-regulating systems and implementation methods, in order to identify effective methods for cross-border cooperation;
* The various existing systems of enforcement, punishment and measures in terms of education;
* Appropriate methods of funding to support the efforts of the sports movement to protect the integrity of competitions.
Rogge said: “Today’s meeting was the latest effort in an ongoing process that will grow to involve many more countries, international organisations and Olympic partners. I am pleased with the fruitful discussions we had today and the progress we made in many areas, all of which will be communicated to our partners in the Olympic Movement in due time.”
Those attending the meeting were:
* Michel Barnier, European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services
* Mark Arbib, Minister, Ministry of Sports, Australia
* Chantal Jouanno, Minister, Ministry of Sports, France
* Jean-François Lamour, Deputy, National Assembly, France
* Ueli Maurer,Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, Federal Council, Switzerland
* Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sports and Olympics, Great Britain
* Giancarlo Abete, Vice-President/President, CONI/ FIGC – Italian Football Federation, Italy
* Denis Masseglia, French National Olympic Committee President
* Colin Moynihan, Chairman, BOA, Great Britain
* Wu Qi, Vice-President, Chinese Olympic Committee, China
* Christian Seifert, CEO of DFL (Bundesliga) and associated member of DOSB, DOSB, Germany
* Michael Chambers, President of the ANOC Juridical Commission
* Denis Oswald, IOC Member, ASOIF President
* Hein Verbruggen, IOC Honorary Member, SportAccord/GAISF President
* Francesco Ricci Bitti, IOC Member, ITF President
* Patrick Baumann, IOC Member, FIBA Secretary General
* Bernard Lapasset, President, International Rugby Board
* Marco Villiger, Director of Legal Affairs, FIFA
* Hugh Roberts, Legal Counsel, IAAF
* Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport, Council of Europe
* Ronald Noble, Secretary General, INTERPOL
* Dimitri Vlassis, Chief, Corruption & Economic Crime Branch, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
* Philippe de Koster, President of the Belgian Financial Intelligence Processing Unit (CTIF-CFI)
* Nick Tofiluk, Director of Regulation, Gambling Commission
* Frédéric Donzé, Director European Office & IF Relations, WADA
* Risto Nieminen, President, World Lottery Association
* Clive Hawkswood, CEO, Remote Gambling Association