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IOC to monitor suspicious gambling

19 Jun 2008

CHINA -- As reported by the Brisbane Times: "The International Olympic Committee has introduced new anti-gambling measures to quash any suspicion about results at the Olympic Games in China - a country that has an annual gambling turnover of $US100 billion.

"But at least one betting agency believes the new rules don't go far enough and described the measures as akin to banning drug-taking, but not testing any athletes.

"For the first time, the IOC will demand that all athletes, coaches, officials and journalists sign documents agreeing not to gamble or promote betting companies during the Games.

"The IOC has also hired Swiss company Early Warning Systems to monitor suspicious betting patterns. Early Warning Systems is associated with world football authority FIFA and has links to more than 200 betting agencies worldwide, but no Australian companies are involved..."

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