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Regulating Sports Betting: Way Forward to Counter Match Fixing?















The spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), needs a new stricter legal structure and if the sports betting is legalised it might still not curb the nuisance of match-fixing.

 Delhi Police was responsible for bringing the betting and spot fixing scandal in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the nation; arrests of the three Rajasthan Royals cricketers were also made by them but their top investigators feel that the country is not prepared to legalise betting in sports.

Special commissioner of Delhi Police S.N. Srivastava, who heads the investigations in the IPL spot fixing case, states that despite the fact that legalising sports betting can help in creating a lot of revenue in the form of taxes, on the other hand, it is not advisable for the youth to indulge in the act. Keeping in mind the educational requirement of our society, the prospect is not practical. 

Betting is not approved by the society said Srivastava during a seminar ‘Regulating Sports Betting: Way Forward to Counter Match Fixing?' FICCI had organised a forum to discuss the same.

Srivastava believes that India requires severe laws in sports but considers legalising betting would take another 10-15 years for the country. 

Harsimran Kalra, a public policy scholar with The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, pointed out that before legalising betting there should be a system to track the inflow of hawala money in India. On the other hand, Albert Climent, founder, Bluesea-Gaming.com and adviser, Asian Gambling Brief, says that that India is ready for regulating sports betting and it will reduce match fixing.

If the authorities will work with betting operators instead of working against them, then the betting operators will not promote match fixing as they would yearn for adding profits and will be accountable to the authorities.

Climent cautioned that legalisation of betting will be possible only if reliable operators are to be given the licences and proper pre-requisites are followed. He added that it would be easier to track the flow of money and once India legalises betting. 

Another point mentioned by him was this way will permit Indians to put their money on Indian players only and it will help in keeping the Indian money spent on betting in the country itself.

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