IOC, Interpol collaborate to combat match-fixing

IOC President Thomas Bach. 

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Olympic officials are increasing their collaboration with Interpol to combat match-fixing and illegal betting.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met Tuesday with Ronald Noble, secretary general of the international police agency.

The IOC says the talks focused on ”the risks related to the manipulation of competitions, intelligence gathering, the conducting of investigations and prosecution procedures.”

The IOC says Interpol’s expertise in investigations and intelligence is ”critical.”

The two bodies signed a memorandum of understanding in January.

Bach called on all governments, police authorities and betting regulators to join the effort.

The IOC recently set up the ”Integrity Betting Intelligence System” to monitor any suspicious betting patterns during the Olympics or other sports events.