IOC steps up fight against illegal betting



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Governments, law enforcement agencies and betting operators have promised to work more closely together to fight illegal betting and corruption in sports.

The International Olympic Committee held a summit meeting Thursday of sports federation leaders and representatives of the United Nations, European Union and the international police agency Interpol.

IOC director general Christophe De Kepper says there was “consensus around the table that sporting fraud should be a criminal offense.”

He says there is a shared “urgency” to improve cooperation between police and justice departments.