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Nevada Gaming Control Board To Help Olympics Combat Cheating

Agreement Calls For Info Sharing As Winter Games In Russia Approach

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Nevada gaming regulators and the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement to help combat cheating in sports.

The arrangement calls for both parties to share information and “work towards maintaining the integrity of sports by preventing the manipulation of sports competitions with the intention of achieving unfair winnings.” The two have worked together in the past.

Silver State sports books can take action on Olympic events.

Nevada Gaming Control Board member Shawn Reid said in a statement: “The Gaming Control Board is honored to be a partner with the International Olympic Committee in the fight against irregular and illegal betting in sports. Nevada is regarded throughout the world as the gold standard in gaming regulation and part of that reputation is tied to the Board’s tireless efforts to thwart illegal and irregular betting in general and we are glad to put forth that same level of effort in eradicating illegal and irregular betting in sports specifically.”

The IOC said in a statment: “This information will be used by the IOC’s newly established
‘Integrity Betting, Intelligence System’ (IBIS), which will be in operation for the first time in Sochi. IBIS collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport, and will also be placed at the disposal of International Federations during their major championships…part of our concerted strategy to support clean sport and protect major competitions from any form of manipulation, particularly those linked to betting. We are very pleased with these agreements, which build on our successful collaboration during London 2012.”

The XXII Olympic Winter Games (Sochi) 2014 begin on Friday, Feb. 7.