Speed calls for laws to check corruption in sports

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:With corruption spreading its wings in international sports arena, International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed has urged governments to introduce legislation to criminalise cheating in sport.

"Sport should call very loudly and with some urgency on all governments to introduce 'cheating in sport' legislation," an ICC release quoted Speed as saying while addressing the SportAccord conference in Berlin.

Warning that other sports would face similar problems like the one cricket faced with corruption through betting, Speed said, "in the last year we have seen football in Germany, horse racing in England and international tennis impacted by suggestions of corruption". "Cricket's message to other sports is to be extremely careful in dealing with this potential attack on your sport's integrity," he said.

The ICC chief executive said the recent promulgation of a legislation in Britain criminalising cheating in sport would serve as positive for London's bid for 2012 Olympics.

"It would be great to see legislation of this sort in Germany for next year's football World Cup, in China in 2008 for the Olympics, and in all of the eight countries in the Caribbean in which the next ICC Cricket World Cup will be played," Speed said.

He said whenever a player agrees to under-perform in return for payment from a bookmaker or gambler, "his actions strike at the heart of the game.. (then) the sporting public is entitled to distrust and disown the sport."

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