The Integrity of Australian Sport Under Scrutiny in Government Discussions on Sports Betting
Sydney, NSW (News4us.com) November 11, 2010
Minister for Sport Mark Arbib met recently with representatives from the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPS*) in Sydney for discussion around the integrity of Australian sport, in particular sports betting.
The main outcome of the meeting was that the Australian Government and COMPPS have agreed to work together to ensure match-fixing and corruption in sport is prevented.
Following the meeting Senator Arbib and COMPPS Chair James Sutherland said that while there has been no evidence of systemic corruption in Australian sport, it is important to recognise issues arising internationally and ensure there is a zero tolerance approach to corrupt behaviour in Australia.
Australia’s major sporting organisations currently operate under codes of conduct which cover match-fixing.
They are keen to work collectively and with Government to:
- ensure codes apply across Australian sport;
- strengthen the capability to enforce these codes with robust integrity systems; and
- criminally prosecute offenders.
COMPPS is completing its review of sports betting and match fixing and the findings will be presented to Government in the coming weeks, along with recommendations for a united approach to preserving the integrity of sport.
Senator Arbib will discuss these findings with other key sporting groups including the Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Commonwealth Games Association and other sports which are not represented on COMPPS.
They will also be discussed at the next meeting of Federal, State and Territory Sports Ministers.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) is contributing to this important initiative through its position on the COMPPS’ Anti-Corruption Working Party and its ongoing work through the Essence of Australian Sport policy.
The ASC will continue to work with the sports system, including national sporting organisations, whether professional or amateur, to create an environment in which all participants may enjoy a positive sporting experience.
*COMPPS is a body made up of representatives from Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, National Rugby League, Australian Rugby Union, Football Federation Australia and the Australian Football League.
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