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Australia and UK support IOC efforts to combat corruption in sport

10 January 2011

Minister for Sport Mark Arbib and United Kingdom Minister for Sport and Olympics Hugh Robertson today announced their support for the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) efforts to combat illegal and irregular sports betting.

Senator Arbib and Mr Robertson attended the Commonwealth Sports Ministers Meeting in New Delhi during the Commonwealth Games in October 2010 and met again in December to discuss important issues of corruption in sport, including sports betting and match fixing.

They have jointly written to the IOC to support the IOC’s planned seminar on March 1 in Switzerland.

“Sport is international and corruption in sport is international. The best way to fight corruption is to have an international approach that all governments and sporting bodies sign up to,” Senator Arbib said.

“The Australian and United Kingdom governments are committed to countering corruption in sport and have agreed to a continued dialogue on protecting integrity in sport, starting at the IOC seminar on March 1.

“Both countries congratulate the IOC on their leadership to combat the difficult matters that face sporting bodies all around the world and support the upcoming seminar.”

Senator Arbib met with IOC President Jacques Rogge in Lausanne in December to discuss the problems of corruption in international sport.

“I have had very productive discussions with the IOC President and Minister Robertson, as well as Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates and we are committed to working together on this issue.”

Senator Arbib also recently met with the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports (COMPPs) which is also focussed on protecting the integrity of sport.

“While there has been no evidence of systematic corruption in Australian sport, the Government and Australia’s major sporting bodies recognise that there are issues arising internationally and we need to ensure that there is a zero tolerance approach to corrupt behaviour in Australia,” Senator Arbib said.

“The Australian Government takes allegations of corruption in sport extremely seriously.

“I will continue to discuss these important issues in future meetings with International Sports Ministers, State and Territory Governments and Australian and International sporting organisations.”

Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Sport

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