Sporting bodies given greater power to control betting activity

Issued: Wednesday 28 May 2014   [PDF,74kb]


New legislation passed NSW Parliament tonight that will allow sporting bodies greater powers to combat match fixing in sport.

Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said for the first time, betting agencies will enter into integrity agreements with sports controlling bodies.

"The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is determined to ensure the integrity of our sports are protected.

"Our changes will ensure sporting bodies can determine what level and kind of bets they want to occur on their respective events and indeed whether betting should occur at all.

"If a betting agency does not enter into an integrity agreement with the relevant sporting controlling body they will be unable to offer betting products on those events.

"It is not unreasonable to expect the sports we watch and participate in are free from the threat of corruption and match fixing," Mr Grant said

Minister for Sport and Recreation Stuart Ayres said it was important to ensure honesty and integrity across all sporting codes.

"The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is committed to eliminating match fixing and undesirable betting across all sporting codes," Mr Ayres said.

"Sport and Recreation will establish a framework for determining which sporting bodies are appropriate for wagering activity.

"This legislation helps to restore public confidence in the integrity of sport and betting and ensures the NSW Government’s commitment to promoting integrity in sport," Mr Ayres concluded.

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Media: Tess Salmon 0467 740 017 (Grant) or Sophie Onikul 0428 596 319 (Ayres)