CBI sets up special unit to probe sports fraud

CBI sets up special unit to probe sports fraud

To check 'fixing' in sports, CBI has set up a dedicated 'Sport Integrity Unit' to look into cases of fraud, including betting in any sporting event.

"The stated objectives of this Sport Integrity Unit include investigating and inquiring into matters related to sports fraud, combating malpractices in sports and coordinating with sports federations and law enforcement agencies," CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said today.Currently, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Australian Federal Police and certain European countries have specialised units to check sports fraud.

CBI had held discussions with officials of International Cricket Council (ICC) and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) before setting up the unit.

Sinha said CBI will also be actively engaging with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports so that a law to deal with corruption in sports is put in place at the earliest.

"This (law) would make India one of the very few nations in the world to have a dedicated unit set up as a part of its federal investigative agency to investigate sports fraud," he said, addressing the 15th D P Kohli Memorial Lecture organised by CBI.

"In the years to come we shall further strengthen the unit and hope to make a substantial contribution in the fight against malpractices in sports. We look forward to support and cooperation from all stakeholders in making this initiative of CBI a success," the agency Director said. 

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