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Governing bodies to stop athletes betting on own events

Postby Monique

Not sure this topic goes here but couldn't think of a better place ... own-events
Governing bodies move to stop athletes betting on their own events

Snooker Snooker is one of several sports which have suffered from allegations of match-fixing in recent months. Photograph: Trevor Smith/Alamy

All professional sportsmen and women are likely to be banned from betting on any competition in which they take part. The Sports Betting Group, a coalition of governing bodies convened as a result of a government-commissioned review of sports integrity issues chaired by the former Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry, is likely to propose the idea as one of a series of guidelines to other governing bodies with the aim of unifying their approach. The intense focus on potential match-fixing in the wake of high-profile cases in football, tennis, snooker and cricket has increased the debate's sensitivities.

Some sports ban betting outright, as do some overseas governments. Others, such as football, ban players from betting on competitions in which they take part while others still allow players to bet on themselves to win.

The Sports Betting Group is likely to be the forum through which recent suggestions for more coordination and cooperation over anti-corruption measures are likely to be pursued. One silver lining of the high-profile allegations of recent weeks is that the issue is now firmly in the public eye and at the forefront of ministers' minds. An event planned by the group for November will seek to maintain momentum.
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Re: Governing bodies to stop athletes betting on own events

Postby Wildey

With Respect to athletes,Sportsmen etc why has it got to come down to legislation ......its common sense and its unbelievable that they actually do it.

Gambling is not a way to earn a living its entertainment and sportsmen are using it to make extra money and really no matter how you look at it thats corruption and needs stopping.

if i was a sportsman i wouldn't think about it and in my own mind think its totally wrong.