Ásia: Corruption: Red Card In Sports
By Dialogo January 01, 2012
Efforts are under way to prevent illegal betting and match-fixing in sports,
which has led to cases of corruption across the globe.
Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization, estimates
that hundreds of millions of dollars are gambled illegally on soccer in Asia alone.
During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, an Interpol operation in China, Malaysia,
Singapore and Thailand resulted in more than 5,000 arrests for illegal gambling
totaling more than $155 million worth of bets.
In May 2011, FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, announced a €20 million
euro ($29 million) donation to Interpol over 10 years to target illegal betting and
match-fixing. The initiative seeks to protect the sport, the players and the fans
from corruption and fraud, as well as provide Interpol training and education
Sources: FIFA, MAARS Global News