Aussi Tennis Online Gambling Called Into Question

Published Monday, January 18, 2016 -
Aussi Tennis Online Gambling Called Into Question

It is not as if there haven’t been any stories like the one emerging from Australia regarding match fixing in the professional tennis world but it is sad that the sport is again in the spotlight with remarks from former International Cricket Council head Malcolm Speed.

The well known administrator has warned that tennis is vulnerable to match-fixing and urged Australia’s Turnbull government to legalise and regulate a contentious form of online gambling. With the Australian Open about to begin a post revealing that eight players suspected of manipulating matches are in Melbourne to compete in this year’s tournament has turned the focus on corruption. Speed said sports such as tennis must be able to “follow the money trail’’ to protect the integrity of the game.

Speed, who is now the Executive Director of the Coalition of Major Professional and Participation Sports commented that legalising “in-play’’ betting in Australia could reduce corrupt practices. Speed continued to say, “Part of the push from Australian sports is to have online, in-play betting legalised so as to minimise the attraction for Australian punters to bet with unregulated, offshore betting operators with whom the Australian sports do not have integrity agreements and the right of veto over bet types.” In-play betting is at the centre of a government-commissioned review into gambling.

The various news media reports have revealed that Russian and Italian betting syndicates are allegedly responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars of wagering on games that investigators maintained were corrupted, including three at Wimbledon and at the French Open. Chris Kermode, President of the Association of Tennis Professionals denied the most damaging claim that tennis’s own integrity unit had ignored and hidden evidence of repeated match-fixing by top ranked tennis competitors. Kermode defended the Unit saying, in its investigations, the Tennis Integrity Unit had to find ‘evidence’ as opposed to “information, suspicion or hearsay,’’


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