Australian sport welcomes proposed fixing laws
Monday, August 13, 2012
SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia's major sports organizations have thrown their support behind proposed new laws that include penalties of up to 10 years in prison for sports corruption and match fixing.
The Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports -- which includes soccer, cricket, rugby, tennis and Australian Rules football -- said Tuesday it commends plans by the New South Wales state government to introduce the Crimes Amendment (Cheating at Gambling) Bill 2012.
The proposed bill would set a maximum penalty of 10 years' imprisonment for anyone found to have been involved in corrupting the outcome of an event.
COMPPS executive director Malcolm Speed says "the bill put forward by the N.S.W. Government is a significant step in creating a national safeguard against corruption in sport."