IOC moves ahead in fight against illegal betting



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee is moving forward in its fight against illegal betting in sports.

The IOC hosted a meeting Wednesday of sports officials, government ministers and Interpol in Lausanne, Switzerland, as a follow-up to a summit meeting on betting in March.

The IOC agreed to set up three groups of experts to deal with the problem, including ways of monitoring illegal betting and strengthening law enforcement cooperation.

IOC President Jacques Rogge says “today saw our first proactive steps toward that goal and an increased level of commitment in our joint fight against this threat to sport.”

The IOC already has rules prohibiting athletes, coaches and officials from betting on Olympic events.

Interpol, which facilitates international police cooperation, estimates that the illegal sports betting industry was worth $140 billion last year.