Australia takes on sporting cheats, but global action needed

Australia is stepping up its game in seeking to stamp out match fixing, though the illegal gambling that underpins the problem is estimated to generate profits of at least $4.2 billion in just six jurisdictions and is growing much faster than legal wagering. Minister for Sport, Senator Bridget McKenzie introduced new measures this week that also intend to address illegal gambling and doping, after a series of scandals rocked the reputation of teams in the sports mad nation. The changes will see the creation of a new agency called Sport Integrity Australia, which will bring together the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the National Integrity of Sport Unit and the national sports integrity functions of Sport Australia. A new National Sports Tribunal will hear anti-doping rule violations and other sports disputes, and resolve them consistently. Chris Eaton, who has worked on sport integrity at FIFA, INTERPOL and the International...

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