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IOC introduce Olympic gambling ban

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is to implement a gambling ban for those involved in the London 2012 games. Athletes, coaches, support staff and VIPs will all be covered by the ban, as will accredited politicians and journalists and anyone privy to any form of inside information.

It is hoped the move will help fight illegal and irregular betting as well as assisting in the battle to combat match-fixing, with IOC president Jacques Rogge stating that there was “no room for complacency".

Speaking at the 123rd IOC session in Durban, Rogge also said: “Protecting the integrity of sport is a priority for the IOC. In all these areas, cooperation with governments is essential.”

Any athletes found to be breaking IOC rules from 16 July to 15 Aug next year could lose any medals they win at the games and also be banned from future Olympics.

Rogge stated earlier this year that he thought sports bodies should receive a cut of licensed betting revenues, and also that governments should introduce tighter controls on betting in sport.
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