Cricket: ICC unit to visit SA on WC security, corruption

Published: Monday, September 17, 2001, 18:48 [IST]
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London: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) is visiting South Africa this week for a series of meetings linked to security planning for the World Cup in 2003, according to an official press release.

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Lord Condon, director of the Unit, will be accompanied by senior investigator Jeff Rees and support manager Bob Smalley during the trip from September 16 to 20, the release said.With the focus on World Cup security and the prevention of corruption, Lord Condon and his team will hold meetings in Johannesburg with Dr AliBacher, director of the World Cup 2003 tournament, Gerald Majola, chiefexecutive of the United Cricket Board of South Africa and other officials connected with the World Cup.

"The World Cup in 2003 has always been a significant target date in ourdrive to eradicate corruption from the international game," Lord Condon said. "I am on record as saying that corruption will be at an irreducibleminimum by the World Cup in South Africa, and I stand by thatcommitment," he added."The main purpose of this visit is to cement already established relationships with the World Cup Security Directorate, and to put into action joint security and anti-corruption plans."

From Johannesburg the party will fly to Cape Town, for briefing meetingswith Frank Khan, Director of Public Prosecutions for Western CapeProvince, South African Sports Minister Balfour and British High Commissioner Ann Grant, the release added.

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